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Congregation hopes to be in rebuilt church by end of the year

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Picture of progress on Refuge Church. Picture of progress on Refuge Church.
Picture of the Refuge Church in April 2011. Picture of the Refuge Church in April 2011.
Craig Robinson Craig Robinson
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Congregation members who lost their church to a tornado two years ago say they hope to be in a newly rebuilt church by the end of 2013.

On April 16, 2011, a tornado destroyed the Refuge Temple church in St. Stephen.

One person who was in the church when the tornado struck, was not injured. Craig Robinson said it was divine intervention that saved his life.

"I was working my way back from the sanctuary and I noticed the rain was coming down," Robinson said. "I moved up front to the door and I noticed that the whole roof had collapsed. I went down on my knees and asked the lord to have mercy."

The tornado destroyed the church but left a small piece of the front entrance intact where Robinson says he was able to get out.

In addition to the church, the tornado also destroyed two homes.

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