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On February 15, 2003, the Exploits River overflowed its banks and flooded the town of Badger, Newfoundland. The temperature quickly dropped to –30C, -22F, and encased much of the town, twisting and buckling walls and foundations. All of the town’s 906 residents were evacuated. And many people, needing places to stay, ended up in churches – 280 of the 906, about a 1/3 of them. Sleeping in classrooms and any other available room, with kitchen workers preparing 3 meals a day. Now, during that time, most regular programs of the church like kids club, prayer meeting, youth and so on were put on hold. But as one of the pastors involved said, “We’ve stopped coming to church, and started being the church.”

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