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Marionís Faith Chapel still standing despite tornado damage all aroundcomment (0)

April 28, 2011


The April 15 tornado that wreaked havoc in the small community near Marion where Faith Chapel Baptist Church sits may have uprooted trees and taken a hit on the church building, but it didn’t touch the cross.

A wooden cross wrapped in a purple linen sits in front of the church. It was there before the storm, and after the storm it stood strong and steady complete with the purple linen in place — an image that touched many people.

Lloyd Stockman, pastor of Faith Chapel, shared with enthusiasm about the wooden cross.

He also noted the church building received some damage during the storm. The roof looked as though it was “lifted and set back down by the tornado,” he said.

“We sustained some building damage but we are still awaiting the insurance company’s review,” Stockman said at press time.

And while the church building’s electricity was out for the following Sunday service April 17, members showed up and were “thankful,” Stockman said. The event has “drawn [the church] together and closer to the Lord,” Stockman added. “I have a real hard time feeling sad about [the damage].”  (TAB)

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