Church impacted by tornado in 2002 helps North Nashville church recover


PROVIDENCE, Ky. (WEHT) Help continues to arrive for the victims of the middle Tennessee tornadoes a week after they hit.

Among those are members of a western Kentucky church, who experienced a similar disaster nearly two decades ago.

In a room at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church sits boxes full of personal supplies, bottled water cases and pillows will head to Nashville to help Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist in North Nashville, one of the hardest hit areas recover.

“When Rev. Johnson gave us the name of the church that needed help down in Nashville, we were all on board,” says Venita Murphy, a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist.

The church started a donation drive last week. Donations, including thousands of pounds of food from residents and local businesses poured in since last Wednesday.

“It’s amazing to see their level of gratitude, but our members commit a level of humility as relates to meeting the need in that northern area of Nashville,” says Rev. Paris Johnson of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

It’s more than about helping those in need, it’s also returning the favor for the help their city got when a tornado hit Providence in Spring of 2002, which damaged their life center and several other homes and buildings.

“As soon as we opened the door, the wind started picking up and we had a tree across the street that fell on our deck. We hadn’t gotten in the house but if we did, it probably would have hit us,” Murphy recalled.

“With people you didn’t even know come and help you cut trees, remove debris, clear the land, that same effort has been reciprocated,” adds Rev. Johnson.

He also says donations will continue as long as it’s needed. Members say they’ll be there like others were for them 18 years ago.

“I am proud to know that we still have people that are willing to help,” says Murphy.

Rev. Johnson says a recovery fund has been created at Planters Bank in Providence. To find out how you can help, you can call Rev. Johnson at (270) 635-6181.

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(This story was originally published on March 10, 2020)

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