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Churches help save lives in Baker during tornadoes

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November 29, 2007

Baker County -- Most people attend church to seek refuge from the troubles of their day to day lives. But in Baker County church is also the refuge from the literal storms of life.

"The church doors are always open at any moment any time," said Travelers Rest Free Will Baptist Church pastor, Harold Williams.

"We rely on our churches. Most of our churches are very stable and very structurally sound," said Baker County Manager, Evelyn Phillips. 

In a county that has plenty of mobile homes, but not mobile home communities, this may be the only sturdy shelter for miles.

"Everyone is kind of spread out. We have one mobile home park in town. But other than that its just like any other rural community. We just got folks spread out," said Williams.

Travelers Rest Free Will Baptist Church has provided a place for people in Baker County to worship for more than 100 years.

But On March 1st it provided much more.

"But we also fed. We set up to provide lunches and suppers. We had some of the people who helped with the clean-up. We let them sleep in the church, said Williams.

Churches, along with schools, throughout Baker County, become the shelters during severe weather.

"Looking back there would have been more fatalities if it haven't been for them doing that."

"I think its always good for the church to be involved in the community. That is the message anyway. That there is a refuge in the church and in the Lord. And we had two people that sought refuge here in the church and their home was demolished and carried away in the tornado. So if they hadn't found refuge in the church they wouldn't be here today," said Williams.

A service the church provide to help save lives as they seek to save souls.

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