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Family survives New Orleans tornado with prayer

tornado-strike-under-creative-commons-licenseWhen Richard Pierre and his son Austin sat down to have lunch together Tuesday, February 7, without warning the wind picked up and their whole house started shaking. Richard grabbed his son and they ran to the center of their house just as an EF-2 tornado rampaged through their neighborhood. In the midst of it, he called his wife, Angela, on the phone at the school where she works. She and others at her locked-down school immediately started praying for everyone as the tornado was making its way through.

They all survived the tornado unscathed, although their home was destroyed. After the tornado cleared, Angela rushed home to make sure everyone was okay. In the meantime, even though the Pierres live in the house behind Angela’s mother’s home, Richard and Austin hadn’t heard from his mother-in-law or her caretaker. The house of Rhetta Jacob, Angela’s mother, had also been destroyed by the tornado. Richard, Austin, and some neighbors starting clearing debris in what was left of the house looking for her.

As they worked their way through the debris and scattered furniture, they finally discovered Ms. Jacob and her caretaker gathered in her living room. Richard said debris had caved in all around them, but Ms. Jacob and her caretaker Ashaki were not even touched. They had also made it through the tornado without so much as a scratch. Richard and the volunteers got them out through a window to waiting firefighters and EMTs.

Angela Pierre said they felt a little down about their homes, especially after having rebuilt their lives when they survived Hurricane Katrina. But in the end, Angela decided to count her blessings, saying, “This is hard, but this is material things. We just thank God for life. Everybody got out okay.”

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7

Source: David Hammer, Miracle: Grandmother Survives After Home Collapses Around Her in Tornado,, February 8, 2017.


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