Woman thanks God for keeping her away from tornado-damaged Hopkinsville church


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HOPKINSVILLE, Kentucky (WSMV) – Any other Saturday, Felicia Radford and her son would be inside the Mount Olive Baptist Church to clean the building before Sunday’s service.

Last Saturday Radford decided not to go to church to clean up.

“All I can say is thank god because we could have been here,” Radford said.

A heart of gratitude is what she feels knowing that she was not inside the church on Saturday morning when an EF-2 tornado swept through the city. She said she was blessed and grateful not to be inside during the tornado.

“My son and I are normally here, and I just thank God because it’s the invisible danger. He knew we would be in danger that day and he told me not to come, ”Radford said.

Radford took News4 inside the church on Monday afternoon. There’s a big hole in the roof, shreds of ceiling insulation on the benches, but everything else is still intact, including an unharmed Holy Bible that sat on the podium.

“We haven’t even found any furniture breakage so far,” Radford said. “We are grateful to the community. “

A few meters away, the roof of the other church property was damaged. They used the building to serve others in the surrounding areas.

“It was a historic house, and we had worked on it so that we could turn it into a community house,” Radford said.

Despite the damage caused by the tornado on the first day of the New Year, Radford said she relies on her faith and encourages others to do the same.

“He lets us know that there is still hope, that there is still hope and keep the faith,” Radford said.

Over the next few days, the church plans to continue the cleaning process and cover the roof to protect what remains.

No one was killed, injured or missing on Saturday in Christian County.

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Jerry B. Hatch