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Lutherans provide relief to tornado survivors

When a tornado struck De Soto, Mo., in May, the Boy Scouts were meeting at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Thankfully, both the scouts and the building survived with little damage. Redeemer was also a refuge for a local Methodist who made it safely inside after she "had to hand-crawl blindly along our chain-link fence to get to the building," said Gary M. Rose, Redeemer's pastor.

Although the building seemed to come through the storm relatively unscathed, members were puzzled to find dirt and leaves in the windowless choir loft. "We believe the roof of our church was lifted by the storm," Rose said.


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