Souther Baptist Association asking churches for help rebuilding Union University

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page is asking churches to give money to Union University to help rebuild its campus after a powerful tornado caused more than $40 million in damages earlier this month.

Page said he was a "a little shell-shocked" on Wednesday after touring the damage at the small Southern Baptist university.

Page said that while insurance will cover much of the damages caused by the Feb. 5 tornado, Union will need about $20 million immediately for the rebuilding process because of lost revenue from student housing and other programs.

Spokesman Tim Ellsworth said the university already has received $3.5 million in donations, mostly from Southern Baptist churches.


Information from: The Jackson Sun,

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