|Laramie LeQuieu stands in front of his home in Marmaduke, Ark., after a tornado sent a tree toppling onto it. LeQuieu is the music leader at First Baptist Church. Photo by Charlie Warren/Arkansas Baptist News |
MARMADUKE, Ark. (BP)-—Music leader Laramie LeQuieu at First Baptist Church in Marmaduke, Ark., has a new appreciation of how precious life is.
For awhile Sunday night, April 2, LeQuieu feared his wife and three children might be dead in a town where nearly a third of the 500-plus homes were destroyed by one of the tornadoes amid widespread storms across Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and five other states that left 28 people dead.
As First Baptist’s Sunday evening service ended, pastor Kim Bridges prayed for the safety of the townspeople, noted that a tornado warning had been issued and said everyone was welcome to stay in the church’s basement.
|A tornado that tore through Marmaduke, Ark., claimed the roof and a wall of First Baptist Church’s family life center.Photo by Charlie Warren/Arkansas Baptist News |
LeQuieu decided to stay, but his wife and children headed home.
He and Bridges were making sure everyone who was going to stay at the church had made it to the basement. They checked the building and the parking lot.
“We were standing in front of the church, and we saw the tornado as it was developing and touching down over by the school,” LeQuieu, First Baptist’s associate pastor of music, recounted. Read More