Living Word Church rebuilds after 2017 tornado

Living Word Church rebuilds after 2017 tornado

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg church is in the final stages of its rebuilding process after it was destroyed in a 2017 tornado.

"It was just completely destroyed from the inside out basically. It was just a shell standing there,” said Pastor Jeff Revette.

For the last two years, Living Word Church has been rebuilding after the original church was destroyed by a tornado.

"We’re very excited about what is going on. We’re almost built here. Almost completed with our building. There’s a lot of enthusiasm,” explained Revette.

There are still some finishing touches left until the new building is completed, including sanctuary seating and other furniture. Revette said it would have been hard for this to happen without support from the community.

"Community outpouring has been tremendous for us on the rebuild. We had to get a temporary location. A fine community friend helped us with one of his rental buildings. I can’t tell you how much we feel a divine presence just day to day in this place,” said Revette.

The church has been having services for about four weeks now.

Revette said it’s been a long process but he’s happy to see it all come together.

"We’ve endured a lot of hardships in this church, but it’s brought us so much closer together. I really believe that losing a building was very heartbreaking, but I also believe that it gave us a fresh vision, a revitalization if you will, a fresh mindset about loving God and also loving this community,” said Revette.

The church will have a dedication service for the new building in June.

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