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Pastor steps in to help save unfinished church badly damaged by Hurricane Charley

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — Supporters of an Osceola County church that was badly damaged during Hurricane Charley in 2004 may finally get the miracle they’ve been praying for.

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They’ve been fighting to keep Jesus Miracle Chapel from getting torn down for years. Now, the leader of a different church is stepping in, hoping to finally complete construction.

Pastor Hector Gordon leads Punto Norte Iglesia in Kissimmee. With the lease up in March, he and his parishioners are moving across the county to Jesus Miracle Chapel.

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However, it could take a miracle to give the place a facelift.

The 50-year-old, 11,000-square-foot property was never completed by the original owner, Lee Hoffman.

Hoffman fought to keep the county from demolishing it up until his death last year.

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Last month, Gordon stepped in and offered the new owner to turn it into a two-story church with a school.

Since both churches are registered nonprofits, the exchange was easy. However, the path to rebuilding will not be. Jesus Miracle Chapel needs to be completely brought up to code first.

Gordon is meeting with county officials tomorrow to begin the permit process.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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