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Where was God?

Many churches were damaged or destroyed by “acts of God” in March and April, including Easter Sunday.

In New Kensington, Pa., the steeple on St. Mary of Czestochowa was damaged by a tornado on April 8.

In Nashville, the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church was left in complete ruins by a tornado on March 3. Also in Nashville, the East End United Methodist Church bell tower was toppled during the storm. In Bradley County, Tenn., the Church of Jesus Christ was left badly damaged.

The Grants Hill CMW Church in Carbon Hill, Ala., was destroyed by a tornado on April 12 (Easter Sunday), the second time in less than 20 years it has been hit by a tornado. And the Cornerstone Apostolic Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., was damaged during a tornado that same day.

And, finally, Lawler Missionary Baptist Church in Dora, Ala., was hit by tornado on Easter, including three crosses outside the church, although the middle one was left standing. Believers were quick to say that it was a sign from God because the “Jesus” center cross was not destroyed.

The steeple of the Shoal Creek Baptist Church in Priceville, Ala., was hit by lightning and started a fire on Easter Sunday. The fire destroyed the steeple, but firefighters were able to salvage the rest of the building.
(Photo by Jenn Powell)