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Churches still sing praises

March 23, 2003

Camilla- Its hard to believe by the way the congregation is praising that its members survived a deadly tornado.

Because the storm demolished their sanctuary the church is holding service at Parker Funeral Home. The tornado destroyed the First Assembly of God's building, but it hasn't damaged their spirit.

"We have faith; we believe God is still with us, and we believe the Lord is still directing our paths," says Pastor Ralph Summerlin.

"We're a very singing church and we like music, so we're hurting this morning because all our music is gone," says Speedy Shiver. The members may not have the instruments they desire, but they still sing songs joy.

Down the road that same joyful noise is heard at New Grace and Mercy Covenant Church. Winds may have left holes in their roof, but members say the sun is still shining on the congregation.

"In spite of all that has happened around us and to us, we must still lift his name up and honor and reverence Him because He is God," exclaims Pastor Florence Eva Anderson.

Others say surviving the tornado is God's way of giving the people of Camilla a second chance. "God makes no mistakes because the next time there could be nothing left and no one left out here," adds R. D. Gilbert.

Members of both churches says as long as God spares their lives they will continue to give them back to Him.

Owners at Parker Funeral Home say they will allow the First Assembly of God to hold service in their building as long as they need to while they rebuild their church.

Posted at 6:40 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com