Back Team completes post-tornado home build in Rainsville, Alabama
July 8th, 2013
By Kayla Head, Communications Intern
On April 27, 2011, an F5 tornado—the most violent kind—touched down in Rainsville, Alabama, leaving a 25-mile path of destruction behind.
In the aftermath of the tornado, Garry Maddox began asking how he could help. For two weeks, they took Brentwood Baptist crews down to Alabama to do chainsaw work.
While serving, they learned about Rainsville, and Brentwood Baptist were connected with supplies. Soon, they started taking frequent weekend trips for different chores such as clean up and drywall.
When disaster like this strikes, one of our goals as a church is to follow up and help in the long-term clean up—not just immediate relief. After a year of helping out, Sharon Fairchild and several others from Brentwood Baptist realized they wanted to do more.
One home that was destroyed belonged to Ms. Carol Wilborn. After the storm, she'd stored her personal items in the back of it—the only place with a roof.
After being shown three options and hearing Ms. Wilborn’s story, they knew they needed to work with her. A long-term rebuilding committee decided to fund and build her an entirely new house. And Garry Maddox was asked to lead the project.
In September 2012, they started on Ms. Wilborn’s house and spent 10 weekends in Rainsville building it. Over the course of the entire process, 28 people from Brentwood Baptist were involved, and 6 people went 4 or more times.
During the weekend they framed the house, on that Sunday morning during worship, they wrote scripture on the framing, the floor, the rafters. Garry said, “The house is literally covered with scripture.”
Throughout the building process, Brentwood Baptist Sunday School classes donated dishes, bedding, necessities, and staples for her new home. Then in May, Ms. Wilborn’s house was finally finished and a dedication ceremony took place.
Among the attendees were some of Ms. Wilborn’s family and a representative from the First Baptist Church of Rainsville, the church where the building crew stayed when they visited. Together they gathered around her and prayed over the house.
The day of the dedication ceremony was truly a joyous day for all involved. Garry said, “We always had what we needed, where we needed it, and when we needed it. It was the perfect skillset. God always provided.”