Nepean, Ontario – July 13
Earlier today, at approximately 12:45 PM, a tornado touched down just 700 meters from the Nepean Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The incident occurred as the church was in the process of releasing children from their Vacation Bible School (VBS) program. Alert to the sight of a funnel cloud beginning to touch down, church staff quickly took action to ensure the safety of the children and themselves.
Pastor Bob Windsor, who was present at the time, emphasized that the primary concern was the well-being of the children. They were immediately led downstairs to the church basement. Miraculously, the tornado took a direct path towards the church but passed over the building, avoiding any impact on the church itself. "As the tornado passed by it sounded like a loud freight train whistle" Pastor Windsor recalled.
In another miracle, no injuries were reported among the children or staff members who were at the church during the incident. Aside from a few shingles blown off, the church structure remained intact, with even the outdoor canvas signs were unaffected by the strong winds. Pastor Windsor praised God for His goodness and mercy.
Unfortunately, the public school located across the street was not as fortunate, sustaining significant damage along with nearby trees and signs.
Pastor Windsor also shared a remarkable account of one church member who was driving through the path of the tornado. Through divine intervention, the tornado seemingly lifted the member's car out of harm's way, protecting them from the potential danger caused by flying debris nearby. As of this writing, the church has reached out to its congregation, and there have been no reports of injuries.
The Ontario Conference, upon learning of the incident, has been in close contact with the church leadership and has pledged assistance if needed. Reflecting on the events, Pastor Jakov Bibulivić stated, " We must praise God for His miracle sparing both His people and the church”.
As the Nepean Seventh-Day Adventist Church recovers from this awe-inspiring incident, they are grateful for the safety of their congregation and continue to praise God for His protection. The church community stands as a testament to the power of divine protection and the strength that comes from unity during moments of adversity.