Elon Baptist Church provides source of strength for tornado victims

Published: Apr. 22, 2018 at 4:59 PM EDT
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Sunday's service at Elon Baptist Church was a service for healing.

Many members remember those fearful moments during the storm.

"It was a complete surprise when it hit," said Nancy Overstreet. " I jumped up and ran to my back door and my garage had collapsed."

"I knew I was going to find my wife and my oldest son died," said David Childress.

Thankfully, David Childress' family was found alive. The Childress family lost their home, and his son and wife suffered injuries. "I know that if God had not had his hands around them," said Chidress. "I would've been doing a funeral for my wife and my son."

The church was the command center for first responders and has provided resources for those impacted. Pastor Steve Tyree said the church is suppose to be a source of light for those in need.

"We live in such a loving community that loves each other, helps each other, and serves each other," said Tyree. "It's been so gratifying to see." Pastor Tyree said the church will continue to provide aid to tornado victims.

"God is going to do great things through this. He has already provided support to our family. So we are going to take it one day at a time," said Childress.

Elon Baptist Church and surrounding churches will hold a healing service. The service will be at Elon Baptist Church and will start at 7 pm.

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