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Petal Churches Reflect On Feb. 10 Tornado

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PETAL, Miss. - Restoration efforts following the EF4 tornado continue across the Pine Belt.

Churches in the community stepped in to help provide relief and instill hope into the lives of those who lost so much during the storm.

"It was total destruction devastation and  people were shocked," said Petal First Baptist Pastor Brad Eubank. "A lot of hopelessness and what am I going to do next."

Churches from around the Pine Belt stepped outside of their sanctuaries into the streets to restore their communities.

"We get the mentality sometimes to be inside of the church walls and we got to go out and have an open door," he said. "That's what it was."

It's nostalgic for Melanie Blanton to walk down South George Street in Petal. She was one of the volunteers who organized relief efforts for Petal First Baptist.

"God called us to be the hands and feet of Jesus and I feel like that what Petal First Baptist did and all the churches in the community," Blanton said. "We came together and helped those in the time of need."

Eubank doesn't see the tornado as a disaster, but a time for the church to be a cornerstone in the community.

"It was an incredible opportunity for us to really help and come together and have a chance to try and meet the needs of our community," he said.

"That's what we were called to do, we were being obedient to Him," Blanton said.

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