- A Bible incredibly emerged unscathed after a tornado ripped through its chapel
- The book was opened on Pslam 46 which says ‘God is our refuge and strength’
- The Bible was a long standing fixture in the William Carey University chapel
- Southern Mississippi was hit by a devastating tornado last week that killed four
Simon Holmes For Mailonline
A Bible miraculously emerged unscathed and opened on a telling passage after a tornado that was traveling at around 150mph ripped through the chapel in which it was placed.
Staff at William Carey University in southern Mississippi were stunned when they found the holy book undamaged and in its original position despite the window next to it being smashed to pieces.
They were given a further shock when they found it opened on Psalm 46 on the school’s pulpit while inspecting damage the morning after the storm last weekend.
Staff at William Carey University in southern Mississippi were shocked to find the Bible in a good condition and opened on a telling passage after the tornado
The open page from Psalm read: ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.’
Rick Wilemon, an adjunct art instructor at the private Christian college in the city of Hattiesburg, took some photos of the Bible as it was found in the otherwise-damaged Bass Chapel after the EF-3 tornado which causes winds of between 130mph to 166mph.
EF0 is the weakest point on the Enhanced Fujita Scale used to measure tornado strength and EF5 is the strongest.
‘No building was left untouched,’ Wilemon told CNN. ‘So many appear to be total losses.’
Wilemon said the Bible’s extraordinary survival has bolstered the spirits of the campus and in the wider area after the deadly storm claimed the lives of four people and destroyed a number of buildings in the area.
‘It is remarkable that something so inspiring to our community is also inspiring to the nation,’ Wilemon said.
The tornado injured more than 20 in Forrest County, inclduing some minor on the college campus, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said. The cities of Hattiesburg and Petal were most damaged by the storm.
The open page from Psalm read: ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble’
The tornado left destruction in its wake around the city of Hattiesburg