Vilonia Pastor Giving Back While Rebuilding Home

VILONIA, AR - Relief work in Faulkner County continues after an EF-4 tornado hit the city on April 27th. Many organizations have set up shop at Beryl Baptist Church. The church has also welcomed donations and is a place storm victims can get relief items. All of this while the church's pastor is a storm victim himself.

Twice in the last two years, Pastor Wade Lentz's home has been hit by a tornado. In 2011 the storm did major damage, and April's massive twister leveled his home. 

Pastor Lentz, looking at what remains, said, "We built this house in 2004 and this is what it reminds us of, just starting over."

"I have my three boys and my wife, these things don't matter."

The storm is giving this pastor a chance to practice what he preaches.

"I've been in the ministry for 20 years, this year, and I've always preached that things don't matter, homes are temporal, but when you live it, it takes on a whole new meaning."

Stacey Hobby has volunteered at the church since the storm hit, she said her pastor his showing his heart, "I think a man who was not a true man of God would have crumbled, would have not been able to look past his own needs, his own disasters, and see the needs of others."

Even as he recovers, Pastor Lentz has been proud of his church stepping up to be a volunteer and donation location. 

"Our church has just come together, and even those that are not even members of our church have come here to volunteer, to help those families that are in a time of need."

"We have seen so much support, not only in our community, but around the whole state."

Beryl Baptist Church is hosting the Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief Team, the American Red Cross, and Team Rubicon.

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