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DALLAS In its five-year history serving West Dallas, New Beginning Covenant Ministry had never before staged an outdoor service. The Rev. Vincent Young was optimistic, that turnout would be about 80 people.

'This is fresh... a fresh, anointing coming... yeah, this is fresh,' he said with a giggle.

Young says it's important that members continue to worship, even if the location is out of the ordinary.

'We're going to keep praising God, no matter what!' he declared.

On Thursday, strong storms collapsed an exterior wall and part of the ceiling of his church in the 3300 block of Canada Drive. But thanks to the generous donation of a trailer bed and sound system, services continued as scheduled, outside.

'About the same as inside to me, as long as you're getting the Word,' said longtime member Bennie Caraway.

Young's congregants said the humidity and windy conditions Sunday morning didn't bother them one bit.

'It's not too windy,' church member Jasmine Young said.

Zakiyaa Foreman added that she liked being in the fresh air. 'Sometimes it be cold in the church... sometimes it be cool... sometimes it be hot,' she said.

Mark Smith and his wife drove more than an hour to donate the stage and sound system. They learned of the church's misfortune on TV and decided to forgo their own Mother's Day plans to make sure strangers would enjoy theirs.

'That's what it's all about... it's about helping your brother, about being there whenever people need you,' Smith said.


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