RINGGOLD, GA (WDEF-TV) It has been three years since the tornado outbreak touched virtually every corner of the WDEF News 12 coverage area and on April 27, 2014, Mount Peria Baptist Church said they will never forget.
Ringgold was one of the hardest hit areas with a lot of devestation and 8 deaths, and while many people would like to forget, Pastor Jimmy Ingram said we shouldn’t.
"We want to say we never forgotten,” said Pastor Ingram. "The journey has been a little rough but God has been with us every step of the way.”
That tornado has changed the city of Ringgold forever. It brought many homes and business down in the area, but it could not bring down the sprits of those at Mount Peria Baptist Church.
The tornadoes that swept through the Ringgold area affected so many, but together they pushed on and didn’t leave anyone behind.
"It's been the community, friends out of town, everywhere, Chattanooga and the surrounding areas that helped us get us where we are,” said Pastor Ingram.
Assistant Pastor Floyd Croft says there was a sense of panic with the direction of the church soon after it was destroyed.
"We were like sheep we didn't know which way to go,” said Croft.
Then it all changed thanks to a little something called faith.
"When something like this happens, sheep normally scatter, but it seem like the Lord drew us closer together,” Croft added.
So on the third year anniversary the community came together to praise and count their blessings because for some it could have been worse.
Pastor Jimmy Ingram said there is a very important message they all can come away with from this experience.
"Never take anything for granted,” said Pastor Ingram. “You don't miss your water until your well goes dry."
Many throughout the service were very emotional remembering and seeing the devastation from three years ago, but also very thankful they are lucky enough to still have their lives.