Columbia church hosting service to celebrate tornado recovery

Columbia church hosting service to celebrate tornado recovery

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - Nearly a year after a deadly and destructive tornado hit the city of Columbia, people there will gather to celebrate the hard work of volunteers who helped get storm victims back on their feet.

Sunday night, an anniversary service will be held at New LIfe Fellowship Church. It will focus on the successful efforts to rebuild the city after an EF-3 tornado hit on Dec. 23, 2014.

It killed three people and destroyed dozens of homes and businesses.

"There were people that came together from different faiths and different backgrounds and served to help out in rebuilding the community," said Terry Weems, senior pastor of New LIfe Fellowship Church. "So now, we're all going to come together and just celebrate and we definitely have something to celebrate for."

"Even though we didn't get a declaration from the federal government, we made our own declaration that we were going to change our town, that we were going to stand up together as a unified body and we were going to make a difference in this town and help people get back in their homes, help clean-up the streets," said Nik Ingram, volunteer coordinator with the Columbia Strong organization.

The service is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m.