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Young Victims of Enterprise Tornado Take First Steps to Recovery

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

When disaster struck our area on March 1st, everyone was shocked.

But just think if you are a child, caught in the confusion and your world, as you know it seemingly falls apart?

Olivia is one of 48 elementary aged students receiving hope and healing through Camp Noah. She says, "I learned that he had a disaster just like us,” which makes her feel “Happy, that God was with me.”

Camp Noah, which uses the biblical context of Noah building an ark during a flood, which destroyed the earth, as an example to kids of the Enterprise tornado.

Noah and his family set up temporary housing in his boat and eventually the earth was restored.

This same restoration is what Enterprise leaders hope to do for their city and a point Camp Noah volunteers hope to drive home for their young camp goers.

"Life continues after the tornado, and there are still good things happening. People are still enjoying life and its okay to enjoy life, it's good. God gave us the ability to have joy and to experience happiness," says Camp Noah Volunteer Tracy Bullinger.

It’s a happiness Camp Noah kids don't seem to mind having.

"Camp Noah is fun, and has lots of games," says Shelby Barber, another camp-goer.

And, though some kids are victims of the Enterprise tornado, others helped with the clean-up process.

"I can set an example for other kids who don't help much to help other people," says Shelby Smith, a camp-goer and Enterprise Tornado volunteer.

The five-day camp also teaches students how to prepare and evacuate the next time a disaster strikes.

Plus, camp-goers were given preparedness kits with a bible, hygiene items, a flashlight, and a coloring book on the inside.

If our viewers remember, Saint Luke was the most severely damaged church in Enterprise when the tornado hit.

As it undergoes renovation, church members hope it'll serve as example to camp-goers.


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