By Nigel Boys
Marvin Sapp, former gospel music singer/songwriter and founder of the Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, is very grateful to God that He saved his church building from severe damage from a tornado that whipped through Kentwood this past week.
The 47-year-old senior pastor of the church went on to say that although the plaza next door to his building, “Praise Place,” was severely damaged, it left his house of worship virtually untouched and he is thankful to God for that.
According to the National Weather Service, a fast-moving thunderstorm was the cause of the Tornado and as it increased in speed last Sunday around 10:00 p.m. that’s when most of the damage occurred.
The local power company, MS Energy Corporation, said that it could take up to two or three days to return the power to some consumers that lost electricity during the tornado. They added that about 20,000 customers lost power during the storm and around 9,600 of those are in the Kentwood area and Kent County.
The senior pastor and father of three children, Marvin Jr., 17, Mikaila, 14, and Madisson, 12, took to twitter the next day to praise the Lord for His graciousness in saving his church building, which includes a 250-seat auditorium.
Sapp tweeted that there was a major storm in his city last night that destroyed the plaza next to his building, Praise Place. He added that the multi-purpose ministry facility and a nearby café, “Jacob’s Well,” were passed over by the tornado and he had the Lord to thank for that.
Kentwood’s Mayor, Stephen Kepley said in a statement that the tornado had done some serious damage to the county. He added that several power lines were down, roofs were missing of buildings and trees had been flattened to the ground.
According to the Associated Press, the following day, many roads were still impassible because of fallen trees and although no-one had been killed during the tornado, whose winds reached speeds of over 100 mph, at least six people had been injured.