Pastor reflects on tornado damage in Graves County

Many counted their blessings Sunday after a tornado hit Graves County this week. Members of Trace Creek Baptist Church in Mayfield listen in on Pastor Ronnie Stinson’s message.

 “We’ve seen a lot of trouble, but yet in it all we’ve seen blessings,” Stinson said.

Pastor Stinson wants his sermon to bring comfort to the lives affected by Tuesday’s tornado including a few at this church who he says experienced loss but thankfully not devastation.

“This is a very unique situation but I am thankful to see how our community has come together in such a good way,” Stinson said.

Sunday it felt eerie on Wayne Drive with the only debris in sight. Unlike the rest of the week where areas affected by the tornado had sounds of equipment removing debris and lots of people helping.

Pastor Chad Lamb says cleanup work this week has been a collective effort that they were asked to organize.

“We’re just simply facilitating our whole staff those guys are working many man hours but I’m going tell you there’s a lot of other people working many man hours as well several of the churches,” Lamb said.

He says His House is proud to be a small part of a community’s dedication to bringing survivors’ lives back to normal.

We just kind of got thrown into this and it’s not to say we wouldn’t help, we love to help, but we were here Joe Jackson said, ‘hey Chad you’ve got to see what’s going on here behind Bennett Motors. These people lost everything. They need some help,’ and when we walked back there it was like, ‘hey can you do this? Can you do that?’ and we’re just proud to be a small part of what’s going on. So many people here have been a huge blessing to the community. We want to do anything possible to help those people get back on their feet,” Lamb said.

Lamb says he doesn’t want people who have been affected by the tornado to feel like they’ve been forgotten. If you need help please call 270-247-7772.

Next Sunday, Trace Baptist Creek Church will have a special service to give thanks to everyone helping in the tornado recovery process at 4 p.m.

The donation center at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds is closed until Monday. It will have new hours starting next week. The center will be open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.?

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