Group Escapes Church Minutes Before It's Hit By A Tornado

MAYFLOWER, AR -- Along with the countless homes destroyed, the tornado struck a Mayflower church too.

The building may be gone but the spirit of Lifeline Fellowship members is still very present.

There's destruction in every corner of the church, but what's really chilling is that minutes before the storm, ten church members were in seats that are now covered in rubble.

Member David Culberson said, "We just feel blessed we weren't here."

Some may call it fate but church members say it's something else that led them to leave bible study before they normally would.

Culberson said, "That night someone forgot the video so that saved us ten minutes."

He added, "Normally we stand around and talk after bible study, but it seems that night we got in our trucks and raced home."

The pastor of the church, Walt Hollis said, "It's a God thing."
Lifeline Fellowship Church rents the space.

The pastor says they were already in the process of building a new home, so this will speed things up.

For now, Sunday morning services will be held at Mayflower High School.

There's a national organization, the church is teaming up with, to help other families in the neighborhood who lost everything in the tornado.

The group's called A Level Up.

They're looking for volunteers, especially those who can run heavy equipment.

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