BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -
A Cartersville church congregation is remembering the devastating tornado that destroyed their church building one year ago.
Construction on the sanctuary is still
under way. But Crowe Springs Baptist Church parishioners said they are making remarkable progress.
"Today is a day that we should worship and praise God that we're still here," Pastor Ronnie Cowart told the congregation. "The 27th of this month marked the exact one year since the storm came in; you remember that night we were having our Bible study. Shortly after, the tornadoes came."
One year ago, a tornado ripped through Cartersville, destroying all in its path, including the Crowe Springs, built in 1865.
But those in the congregation insist the tornado took their building, but couldn't shake their faith.
"We've not missed a service since the storm," Cowart told Channel 2's Amanda Cook.
The first service was held in the parking lot and the second under a tent. Every service since has been held in the fellowship hall next to their new sanctuary, which is almost complete.
Cowart said the storm's devastation has shown just how strong his congregation stands in hard times.
"We all face storms all the time in life," he said. "The greatest gift we have is the perseverance God gave us to continue moving forward for him and his purpose."