YAZOO CITY, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi church that has been destroyed twice — once by a fire in 1999 and then again by a tornado last year — has undergone a resurrection of sorts.
Reminders of the tornado are still all around: bent flag poles, broken crosses, snapped trees and abandoned houses.
But now the Hillcrest Baptist Church is holding a dedication ceremony Sunday to celebrate its new building.
Perhaps nobody is more thankful than 61-year-old Dale Thrasher.
Thrasher was the only person in the church when the tornado hit in April 2010. He climbed under the communion table, surviving with barely a scratch.
Thrasher says the church was able to rebuild without any debt thanks to donations.