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02/23/05

Church Bounces Back From Devastating Tornado

Services still go on inside the damaged Temple Baptist Church. And it won't be long before they take place under a green tin roof. The November tornado blew away most of the old roof. Finally, after getting the okay from the insurance company, the church is bouncing back. 

Valerie Crane, the minister's wife, says, "We're really excited, you know. Of course, it was very devastating and very frustrating at first, but now it's like, 'Hey, this is really going to be good.' It's going to be good for the kids and good for the church."  

That's because the church is getting a new auditorium and new classrooms. 

"This is about the worst I've seen," says Flint Gutweiler.

Gutweiler is a missionary who travels around the country working on church properties. He's supervising the crew that's putting the church and school back together. 

"We're going to need a lot of help and a lot of people. We got volunteers helping us, and we're hiring people like carpenters, and we got contractors and subcontractors. We want to get it done quick."

Crane says no matter how long it takes, just seeing all the work underway is truly a miracle. 

"Romans 8:28 says, 'All things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.' And so only God can take something so devastating and so bad and make something so great come out of it."

For that, Crane says they are very thankful.

The construction crews say it will take about a year to finish all the work. The new school is the priority, so it will be ready for the next school year.

byMarcia Hill

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