Tornadoes killed 11 people, including an infant, and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings in North Texas on Dec. 26. Garland resident Sabrina Lowe said her family was able to avoid the tragedy because God had given them power over the wind (audio below).
"We actually went outside and started commanding the winds because God had given us authority over the winds, the airways," Lowe told NPR. "And we just began to command this storm not to hit our area. We spoke to the storm and said, 'Go to unpopulated places.' It did exactly what we said to do because God gave us the authority to do that."
One tornado killed eight people in Garland, police spokesman Lt. Pedro Barineau told The Dallas Morning News.
“It is total devastation,” Barineau said.
Pastor Stan Welch, of the First Baptist Church in Copeville, led a very small prayer group for the victims in the town of 100 people where two people died.
“When our faith is tested, that’s when we’re supposed to be doing our best,” Welch said.
“There’s not a lot of shine here; just a lot of good hearts,” he added.