KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Step inside New Hope International Worship Center and you can see the damage and smell the mold slowly taking over the church on 40th and Indiana in Kansas City’s inner city.
“The roof leaks so bad that the water just pools up on the floor,” said Bishop Michael Hardy.
There’s so much dampness inside the church that the tiles will no longer stick to the floor of what used to be the church’s playroom.
“The whole winter we was missing church because snow was on the roof and it was always leaking,” Bishop Hardy said.
The leaky roof is just the latest obstacle for this non-denominational church that opened five years ago. Last October, FOX 4 was there after the church was hit by vandals who ransacked the sanctuary and broke out windows on the church bus. A few months later, someone set that same bus on fire.
Now it’s the roof.