Damaged church still holds services

CARAWAY, AR (KAIT) - Despite the damage done to their church after Halloween night's tornado, First Baptist in Caraway held service Sunday morning.

Their auditorium suffered a lot of water damage, and parts of the roof had been blown off. Fortunately, their fellowship building behind their church is still in good condition. Pastor Rick Stevens said the minute they were able to, his congregation came together to help in any way they could.

"Our church members have helped clean up, serve food and have just worked together," said Stevens.

With damage along both sides of the building and parts of the roof torn off, he said it could be awhile before they'll see repairs.

"We'll find out more about that in the days to come, but we'll do what we can with what we have left," said Stevens.

Although, the storm may have caused some damage to their building, it hasn't damaged the spirits of the congregation or their pastor.

"Bounded together from the Lord and he's brought us through," said Stevens. "They keep my spirits up and it's a joy to work with not only members of our church, but the community and outside of our community."

"He's thankful for the generosity of all of those who have helped with the clean up, but most importantly that no one was injured or killed.

"That was the greatest blessing," said Stevens. "We can go out and pick up wood and tin and lumber, but that's not like having to go pick up bodies or people who are severely injured.

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