Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church cleaning up after storms

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    MORGAN, Ark. (KTHV) -- A Baptist church in Morgan is picking up the pieces after Monday's storms damaged their building.

    In Pulaski County, in the Morgan/Maumelle area at Highway 365 and Settlement, the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church was demolished Monday night.

    In same area a tree fell on a house trapping a man, but he wasn't injured.

    "Yeah, its very hard. Very hard." The roof collapsed, pews ruined, concrete walls in crumbles.

    Donna Jackson grew up in Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church and is seeing the destruction caused by Monday night's storm for the first time.

    "When they kept saying Mt. Pilgrim, I didn't think it had hit my church until I looked at the news later on and it did. And it just tore my heart apart," says Jackson.

    Pastor James Hayes heard about his church's damage through a congregation member. Authorities drove him here late last night.
    What he saw in the dark was nothing compared to what he is seeing Tuesday.

    "I just thought about looking at the amount of damage and what is my next move, what do I need to do now and how can I keep the congregation together. That is basically what was running through my mind," says Hayes.

    A building, more than 100 years old, full of history, destroyed.
    But Mt. Pilgrim is not slowing down. Hayes plans to rebuild, better than before and says all of his trust is in the Lord.

    "We've trusted him this far for the 20 years I've been Pastor here so I don't see any reason not to trust him out of this."
    Hayes says members of the community have offered to help the congregation.

    Although insurance will cover most of the damage, they still need assistance in clearing the debris. Also, the church's graveyard that sits just up the hill there suffered damage as well.

    Hayes says it will take time, prayers, and a lot of help from the community to bring Mt. Pilgrim back to where it was.

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