Forty preschoolers and 10 staff members were in Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, when a tornado struck, tearing off the church’s roof and damaging nearly every room in the building. The staff guided the children to an inner, concrete room and helped them to stay calm by having them sing “Jesus Loves Me” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Remarkably, no one was hurt.
“The almighty hand of God has provided safety to our community,” said Sheriff Matt Carter to the West Kentucky Star. “This could have been an extremely high fatality rate, and we’re very fortunate and blessed.” While the storm did some significant damage to the area, only one minor injury was reported.
The Storm Strikes
Baptist Press says the tornado struck around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 14th, and covered about five miles. The twister caused significant damage not only to the church but also to several other buildings in the area. You can see photos of the damage done to the church building courtesy of WPSD News here and a video from Fox 17 News of the wreckage inside the church here: