East Tennessee community holds first worship after tornado

LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Even though some people lost everything after an EF3 tornado ripped through Claiborne and Campbell counties last Sunday, they say they're still thankful.

Peal Bowman isn't sure how she avoided last week's tornado.

“Nervous, I still feel, it's still affecting me,” she says.

She's thankful to be back in the Lord's house a week later.

“This is our church, this is our second home, really our first home."

It's a sentiment that can be felt throughout the congregation at Well Springs United Methodist Church in LaFollette.

Pastor Keith Hampson says, "We've come together as a people, and God has shown up on a regular basis to show us how people can be used by him."

Those people stood in church to share their blessings.

Bowman says, “It's not just this community, they've come from everywhere. I had people from Tazewell working in my yard. I had people from Crossville working in my yard, people from Morristown."

It's gratitude expressed from the bottom of Bowman's heart.

“I just can't thank the Lord enough for my blessings."

Local 8 News teamed up with the American Red Cross and Toyota Knoxville to deliver five truck loads of donated items to the church on Friday.

Pastor Hampson says the goal is to have all the donations distributed by Wednesday.

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