A Small Town's Heartache

On Tuesday, between tears, the pastor and parishioners at Ridgecrest Baptist Church looked long and hard for memories and miracles, reports CBS News Correspondent Byron Pitts.

Rev. Tom Duckett said, "One of our members just found a Bible without a scratch on it. Inside it was a dollar. I guess it's the first dollar we'll use to rebuild our church."

Monday night's twister was a mile wide when it demolished this sanctuary on its way to Oklahoma City.

"It was the most massive the thing I have ever seen," said Duckett. "It just covered the horizon. The whole sky was spinning."

Daycare worker Deana Cooner says she's just grateful the 60 children she looks after went home a half-hour before the tornado hit. The daycare center was completely destroyed.

"It does not happen without a reason," said Cooner. "And if there is a reason, then he has caused this to happen. And we don't know what's in store for us. But we know that the Lord's in control."

Ridgecrest Baptist was the biggest church in what was the fastest growing suburb south of Oklahoma City. Everybody wanted to live here, one man told CBS News. And it's here in Bridge Creek that 11 people died.

Asked how she was doing, one church member said, "Not good. Last night I had to run the morgue - some people I recognized, some people I didn't."

Today this small community seemed like one giant congregation with little to lean on except each other.

"I do not know why all these things happened," said Duckett. "But I do know he'll meet us in the middle of it, and he'll walk us through it."

It's a walk that won't end soon.
  • CBSNews.com staff CBSNews.com staff

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