NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Tornadoes plagued the South for three days, killing at least 45 people in six states Thursday through Saturday, and damaging or destroying several Southern Baptist church buildings.
The storm system was the deadliest to hit the United States since February 2008 when 57 people were killed across the Southeast. In North Carolina alone, 62 tornadoes were reported and 23 people were killed Saturday night, according to USA Today.
Boone's Chapel Baptist Church in Prattville, Ala., was heavily damaged by a tornado that struck the community Friday. The original brick structure, which was used as a chapel and the children's education area, was a total loss, pastor Mike Johnson told The Alabama Baptist. The newer multipurpose section of Boone's Chapel was damaged but should be reparable.
A father and his two adult children were killed in their homes on the edge of the Boone's Chapel property. The church's student minister lived in a home between the church and the two homes where the family members were killed, and his home was damaged by the tornado.
Members of Boone's Chapel were out the next morning, helping however they could, The Alabama Baptist reported. As he pulled a file folder from the damaged church building, Johnson said, "There's nothing like a tornado to change your sermon." His sermon the next day would be from Lamentations 3 on the unfailing faithfulness of God. The congregation would meet at a local high school but expected to be back on their property on Easter Sunday. Read More