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Phil Campbell church destroyed in tornado looks toward future

PHIL CAMPBELL, AL (WAFF) -

A Valley church has spent the past 7 months helping its community rebuild.

Phil Campbell was one of the hardest hit towns back in April.

Most of the town was destroyed, and 26 people died in the storm.

Everybody in the small town has been impacted, including members of the Mountain View Baptist Church of Phil Campbell.

Giving thanks in difficult times is what Pastor Sammy Taylor is teaching his congregation.

Taylor remembers April 27th like it was yesterday.

"We ran to the top of the hill here, and the guy in front of us said, ‘It's gone. It's all gone. The church is gone. All these houses are gone,'" Taylor said.

For 15 years his church had stood strong on the ground, but on that day it was taken away from them.

"A lot of people lamented, wept when they saw the church, and they did when they saw the temple," he said.

For 12 weeks members of the Mountain View Baptist Church gathered at the North West Community College to worship.

And now, thanks to the generosity of their state convention, they can gather on their church's grounds.

Mobile units provide a place to worship, a place to teach Sunday School, and room to conduct business.

"It's easy to give thanks in good times and at times it becomes difficult to give thanks in the hard times," said Taylor.

There's not a day that goes by that Pastor Taylor doesn't think back to that April day.

In fact, he carries a book with him in his truck.

"The book is a reminder to me because Psalm 74 God's house was in ruins and that piece of pine marked that chapter," Taylor said.

With his faith in God and his community, Pastor Taylor is looking toward the future.

"We can reflect. We can see how God worked in the past, and we know what he's going to do in the future," he said.

The Mountain View Baptist Church is expected to start rebuilding a new church sometime this spring.

They are currently working out the final plans.

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