Lynchburg church helps to rebuild tornado-torn community

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- It's been nearly three months since a powerful tornado tore through some of our hometowns.

Now, a local church is helping to rebuild one of the hardest hit communities.

For Brentwood Mobile Park, hammered nails and cleared away glass is all part of the rebuilding process after the devastating EF-3 tornado roared through. "There was probably at least 14 homes knocked off their foundation," said Steve Perkins, the assistant director of field operations at Thomas Road Baptist Church. "Within a couple weeks, the church just gave in an amazing way."

Through donations from churches and organizations, the group is able to repair and replace most of the homes - all because church volunteers, like William Harrison is lending a helping hand. "God said it's not your ability, it's your availability," explained Harrison.

One of the church's first priorities? "Let's make sure Hilda has a home," said Luis Nodal, one of the pastors at TRBC.

Nodal translates for Hilda Hernandez.

She was just moving into her mobile home when disaster struck. "It landed right here in the street, just all over the place," said Nodal.

But now, Hernandez will move into a newly renovated mobile home.

When asked what she likes most about it... "She says all of it," said Nodal.

The church also just installed a new playground for children in the community. "You know our goal as a church is let's leave them better than what they were before," said Perkins.

This weekend, power will be turned on at two of the homes in the community, allowing two families to move in, including Hernandez and her family.