Church devastated by Tuesday's tornado will still have Sunday service

By: Jorge Lopez Email
By: Jorge Lopez Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Saturday, March 9, 2013

GIBSON, Ga. (WRDW) -- A tornado that touched down in Glascock County earlier this week isn't stopping the community from rebuilding.

Magnolia Baptist Church lost its roof, steeple and fellowship hall during Tuesday night's tornado, but the pastor says they didn't lose everything.

"It is absolutely heartwarming to see the support of the community," said Michael Stewart, pastor of the church.

Stewart has had a rough week. First, he lost his house to a fire, and then his church was almost destroyed by a tornado Tuesday night. He found out about the damages to the church while at the hospital with his wife.

"The church called me on Tuesday night and said the steeple has been blown down," Stewart said.

Pastor Stewart says many folks would have questioned God, but he didn't worry and kept faith.

"In the midst of all of this tragedy and trouble, God has been good. He's my stronghold. He is our stronghold. He is the church's stronghold in the day of trouble," he said.

That strong faith in God is what brought people like Jut Hughes out to help. Hughes has been a lifelong member of the church and came to help Saturday morning because the church has been a part of his family for a long time.

"My granddaddy helped build this fellowship hall, this entire church. It's really heartbreaking," Hughes said.

It's not just members of the church and local community that helped.

"A Christian is supposed to help a Christian," said Bobby Rogers.

Today was Rogers' first visit to the church, and as he pulled up, he says only one thing came to his mind.

"Thank God that nobody got hurt because it could have been the other way around," Rogers said.

While almost everything was blown away by the tornado, the pastor says one thing stayed in tact.

"That cross in the midst of travesty was still standing. The positive point I feel is that in the mist of all this travesty and all of this trouble, God has been good," Rogers said.

The church is going to get done with the cleanup efforts first, and then they will start to determine how and where to rebuild.

Even though the building is almost gone, they will still have service on Sunday. They're meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Crossroads BBQ off of Highway 171 in Gibson.

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