A preschool director in Kentucky helped calm her students during a tornado by leading them in “Jesus Loves Me” and “He's Got the Whole World in His Hands.”
The twister ripped the roof off the building, but everyone survived.
Michelle Rushing, the director of Mt. Zion Baptist Day Care in McCracken County, told the West Kentucky Star that after she learned of a tornado warning on March 14 at 9:10 a.m., she immediately moved her 40 students to a safer area.
She could hear the tornado destroying the church’s building. She led the children in songs like “Jesus Loves Me” and “He's Got the Whole World in His Hands,” according to the West Kentucky Star.
McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter credited God for the preschoolers’ survival.
“The almighty hand of God has provided safety to our community,” Carter told the West Kentucky Star. “The destruction path is approximately five miles long. There are approximately three homes that are devastated but no injuries, and also there is approximately a half dozen other homes that have sustained minor to moderate damage.
“This could have been an extremely high fatality rate,” Carter added, “and we’re very fortunate and blessed to only report one minor injury.”
Wes Conner, senior pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, said the congregation will recover.
“Church is not a building, church is the people,” he told Nashville’s Fox 17. “Buildings can be rebuilt, and frankly God is going to get us through this. God is going to give us great vision for the future. We as a church family -- we are going to rally together.”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.