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Community picks up the pieces after tornado flattens church


It was all hands on deck Saturday morning as people from all over the CSRA came to pick up the pieces of what was left of Magnolia Baptist Church after most of the structure was destroyed in the path of Tuesday night's tornado.

"[It's] just an out pouring of community love and care. That's what really brings joy to my heart," said Pastor Michael Stewart.  

No one was injured from the storm and despite the damage; the congregation has a lot to be thankful for.

"I see joy in people's heart and hear it in their conversation when they look at the devastation and they also look at the prospect of a different future," said Stewart.  

Individual helping hands were not the only ones pitching in to make a difference. The clean up and recovery unit of the Hephzibah and Kilpatrick Baptist Association showed up in numbers to help with the relief efforts.

"We hope that the church will be encouraged and that the people that are helping will be encouraged as well as in their faith and they see what we can accomplish when we work together," said Tim Batchelor, association missionary.  

Even a local construction company donated their time and equipment.

Josh brooks and his brother own Brooks Brothers Construction Company. Brooks is not a member of the church but said he has friends that are members and helping was the least he could do.

"Just trying to give back," said Brooks. "Business has been good to us and we just try to lend a helping hand where we can, when we can." 

The cleanup wrapped up Saturday afternoon and the church will have service on Sunday at Crossroads BBQ.  

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