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Easter service at Ind. church destroyed by tornado

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Pastor David Lanoue Pastor David Lanoue
Marie Butts Marie Butts

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Members of a southern Indiana church destroyed by a tornado rose above its destruction Easter Sunday.

Mount Moriah Baptist Church held Easter service in a tent Sunday morning. The church -- like so many homes there -- was destroyed during the March 2 tornadoes.

Pastor David Lanoue says his congregation has grown since the storms wiped up so much of this part of the country.

The church's future is unclear as they wait on insurance money and continue to interview prospective builders.

"I've often said God didn't call us to be a bag of marbles but a bag of gummy bears that stick together," said Lanoue.

Marie Butts, a church member, says the tornado aftermath has been difficult for her three children, after the Henryville schools were destroyed along with their church.

"It's very emotional because I have three children and I explained to them what Easter is," Butts said. "It's not about candy or the bunny. It's about Jesus dying and rising for us."

The pastor says the church has had numerous offers from other organizations to allow his members to use other facilities to worship.

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