(MOBILE, Ala.) Several places of worship were nearly wiped out after the EF-2 tornado came crashing through Mobile Tuesday. Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church was nearly destroyed.
In Toulminville, Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church members gather to comfort one another and get a closer look at the incredible damage to their church. For some, fond memories rush back.
"I'm 62 and I can remember as far back as six years old, I grew up in the church and i love it," said Clifton Morris, Deacon.
"I believe this is a great test from God. I've only been here three months as of Sunday ago actually," said Pastor Julius Bryant.
Pastor Bryant doubts the church is salvageable, but that doesn't mean he doubts his faith in the future.
"I don't believe in chance. I don't think things happen just to happen. I believe God allowed the tornado to do this type of damage, because apparently he had a plan established," said Pastor Bryant.
Talk about miracle: Normally Christmas service is held on Christmas day. This year, Pastor Bryant decided to hold it on Christmas Eve.
The damages will be costly, but Pastor Bryant says with the help and encouragement of church members and the community, they'll get through it.
"My biggest feat is I want to have a place where our members can meet so we can continue on our worship services," said Pastor Bryant.
Parishioners will hold services at Emanuel 7th Day Adventist on Martin Luther King Junior Drive.