Easter of 2020 brought devastation to areas of Enterprise as a tornado ripped through homes and buildings. One of the places destroyed was Riverside Baptist Church.
Although the church building was destroyed, the faith and determination of its congregation wasn’t, and they have managed to rebuild the church over the past year.
“It’s been a wonderful experience. The community really pulled together and cleaned up a lot of the wreckage from the storm,” stated Riverside Baptist Church Pastor Josh Parnell. “Then, everyone came together for the rebuilding of a new church. It’s been quite a year for sure.”
Even when they were without a church building, the congregation at Riverside Baptist made sure to do everything in their power to continue to meet and have worship services every Sunday.
“We were having services outside in the grass underneath the trees next to nothing but a slab because that was all that was left after the tornado,” explained Bro. Parnell. “We added in a tool shed, and we would go out to one member of the church’s house during rainy weather and would have church in her living room. It’s been wonderful coming together despite not having a building.”
They are now able to see where they have been blessed for all of their efforts over the past year. Not only have they managed to rebuild, but they have an even better building than they originally had.
“It’s bigger and better than it was before. The Lord has really been faithful, and I believe He put His house together just the way He wanted it,” expressed Bro. Parnell. “There’s a fellowship hall in the back, which the original church did not have. That’s going to be able to be used for fellowship and for Sunday school, and for families to be able to come together after church.”
Everyone is excited to now be able to use the new church building and are extremely grateful for the blessing that they are able to enjoy after a year of hard work and faithfulness.