In the aftermath of the March 25th tornadoes that devastated communities across western Georgia and eastern Alabama that caused six deaths, units from the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief have started assessing the damage and starting clean up.
Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief (ALDR) has deployed three teams across Calhoun County, Alabama to serve the communities of Ohatchee, Wellington, and Angel. Additionally, a fourth team is in the process of being deployed to Piedmont.
In Georgia, state interim Disaster Relief Director Ricky Thrasher confirmed teams were being deployed to the city of Newnan.
One of the churches partially destroyed by the tornado was Wellington First Baptist Church. This month’s most recent tornados mark the second time in the past decade members of the community have had to rebound after tornado devastation – the others occurred: April 27, 2011 and March 19, 2018.
Tommy Miller, senior pastor of Wellington First said, “I live two miles down the road and saw the tornado, but I didn’t know it had hit the church…The roof of the sanctuary is gone. Offices are damaged. Three Sunday School rooms in the Family Life Center are damaged. There was so much water pouring into the youth room that it looked like Ruby Falls.”
Gratefully in Georgia there were no reports of churches damaged.
However, associational missionary for Western Baptist Association, Wayne Jenkins said a camper used by Unity Baptist Church rolled over twice in the church’s parking lot.
Director of the North American Mission Board Send Relief Crisis Response, Coy Webb said, “We’re praying for those affected by the storms last night and are glad to be partnered with them.”
As resources continue to be deployed to the region, the affected communities remain optimistic about their future as they continue to rebuild.
Source: Baptist Press