About 25 people were temporarily stuck in an evangelical church in Kimberly, Ala., Monday night after one of the 13 tornadoes that ravaged the state destroyed most of the church building, trapping those who had been hiding for cover in its basement.
When a tornado began ripping down U.S. 31 on Monday night, congregants and members of the community gathered in the basement of the Kimberly Church of God, located near the highway, to seek shelter. After the tornado passed through, leaving behind broken stained glass and a missing roof, those hiding in the church attempted to escape through a large door in the fellowship hall that had reportedly become jammed during the tornado.
"That fellowhship hall door got wedged somehow," Stan Cooke, the pastor of Kimberly Church of God, told Al.com. The pastor went on to explain that no one panicked about their temporary predicament, but rather kicked down the door to escape the destroyed building. "Somebody knocked it off the hinges. There was no panic, no major injuries. They felt safe the whole time." more >>
Two pastors from the same town in Arkansas are left grasping for answers after a deadly tornado swept through their town on Sunday evening, damaging one pastor's home and church and completely demolishing another pastor's house. This is the second tornado to damage the small Southern town in three years.
Wade Lentz, pastor of Beryl Baptist Church in Vilonia, Ark., says he is still trying to "understand why" God has allowed his family to go through the suffering of enduring another tornado's destruction, but adds that he knows "God does not make any mistakes."
There have been at least eleven new deaths from tornadoes that ravaged Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, according to officials on Monday. The twisters moved across the South, bringing the total death toll to 29 and threatening nearly 75 million Americans in the region.
"Scattered to numerous severe thunderstorms will affect portions of the lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys into central and eastern gulf states this afternoon into tonight. Several tornadoes, a few of which could be strong. Very large hail and straight line damaging winds appear likely," the National Weather Service stated in the latest warning Tuesday morning.
At least 17 people were killed in Arkansas and Oklahoma earlier on Sunday during the tornado outbreak, leaving scores of homes and businesses destroyed. Fox News shared that tens of thousands of people were without power in Alabama, Kentucky, and Mississippi, while thousands of others remained in basements and shelters. more >>
Former Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole joined pastor and author Joel Osteen to honor military caregivers during a worship service at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, Sunday.
Dole addressed the megachurch congregation to talk about her foundation's efforts to honor the estimated 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers.
"I am deeply grateful and touched that pastor Osteen has joined our national coalition. He was the first to respond when we put out a call to the faith communities for help in supporting our military and veteran caregivers," stated Dole. more >>
Cell phone footage of some of the chilling conversations of victims on board the South Korean ferry that sank on April 16 has been released. Over 100 people remain missing.
CNN obtained and translated the three-minute long audio clip, shared by South Korean national TV network JTBC. The forage was reportedly taken from a teenage boy's cell phone on the vessel.
Some of the chilling comments that can be heard on board include: "Wow, it's tilting a lot. We're tilting to this side. Can't move." "You think I'm really gonna die?" What's going on?" more >>
In a provocative new video meant to draw awareness to the growing plight of homelessness in New York City, the nation's first-ever rescue mission documents how it carried out an elaborate undercover scheme to see if people would recognize their own family members if they were homeless and living on the streets.
The video documents what happened when unwitting participants in the New York City Rescue Mission's project were secretly filmed and eventually saw footage of themselves walking by their own spouses, parents, siblings, cousins and other relatives.
Watch the New York City Rescue Mission's powerful video, that just might bring you to tears: more >>