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R.J. Eppes: Nearly Swept Away

A tornado ripped 8-year-old R.J. Eppes from his bedroom. All his parents could do was pray as they held on to their other two children. Read Transcript


I COULD SEE MY 8-YEAR-OLD

GETTING UP FROM THE TOP BUNK

AND RIGHT WHEN HE WAS GETTING

UP AND I'M GETTING READY TO

GRAB HIM THE SHEARING COMES IN

SO QUICK.

IN AN INSTANT I SEE R.J. MOVE

AND THE WALLS GO RIGHT BEHIND

HIM.

ON APRIL 27, 2011 A TORNADO

SUCKED REGINALD EPPES OUT OF

HIS BEDROOM.

HIS PARENTS REMEMBER THE

DESPERATE PRAYERS THEY PRAYED

AS THEIR LIVES UNRAVELED IN THE

WINDS.

IT WAS A VIOLENT TORNADO

OUTBREAK ACROSS THE SOUTH THAT

LEFT 350 PEOPLE DEAD AND ENTIRE

COMMUNITIES IN RUINS.

IN THE TOWN OF COTTONDALE,

ALABAMA, THE NEIGHBORHOOD WAS

CAUGHT OFF GUARD AFTER 5:00 A.M.

I NOTICED THE WIND WAS

STRONG BUT DIDN'T THINK ABOUT

IT.

SHE SAID BABY, YOU WANT TO

GET THE BOYS?

BEFORE I COULD FINISH THE

STATEMENT, THE LIGHTS WENT OUT

AND THE WIND BLEW.

I GRABBED OUR SON.

AS MY HUSBAND REACHED FOR R.J.

THE WIND CAME AND THE WHOLE

HOUSE BLEW.

THE VIOLENT TORNADO RIPPED

THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD

SHREDDING HOUSES IN ITS PATH

AND COMPLETELY TORE THE EPPES

HOME OFF ITS FOUNDATION TAKING

R.J. WITH IT.

I DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO BE

FEARFUL.

MY CONCERN WAS MY 8-YEAR-OLD IS

GONE.

WHAT DO I HAVE?

I HAVE MY 6-YEAR-OLD.

I WAS PRAYING AND I SAID DADDY

HAS GOT YOU, DON'T WORRY.

WE WERE JUST KNEELING THERE

CALLING OUT TO GOD FOR HIM TO

PROTECT US.

I HAD TO RELY ON GOD AND TRUST

THAT HE WAS GOING TO PROTECT MY

SON.

THE WINDS DIED DOWN AND

WITHIN SECONDS, REGINALD AND

DANIELLE SAY THEY WITNESSED A

MIRACLE.

WHEN IT WAS ALL OVER I

CALLED FOR R.J. TWICE.

AND THE LIGHTNING STRUCK AND I

COULD SEE HIS SILHOUETTE HE WAS

WALKING BACK US TO.

HE HAD ONLY MINOR CUTS AND

BUMPS AND BRUISES.

I HAD A SENSE OF RELIEF WHEN

I SAW R.J. WALKING BACK TO ME.

BECAUSE HE WAS WALKING TOWARDS

ME I KNEW HE WAS FINE.

THERE IS NO WORDS CAN TELL

YOU HOW IT FELT.

BECAUSE I WAS -- I WAS JUST

AFTER IT.

I SAW A LOG FLOAT PAST ME.

I WOKE UP WHEN I WAS ABOUT TO

FLOAT DOWN.

I'M NOT SURE HOW FAR THE

WINDS CARRIED HIM.

HE WALKED BACK TO ME AND VERY

FEW OF MY POSSESSIONS ARE WHOLE

YET MY 52 POUND SON IS FINE

EXCEPT FOR A COUPLE OF CUTS.

HE WAS HIT BY A FLYING

APPLIANCE DURING THE TORNADO.

IT'S ASTOUNDING.

IF YOU LOOK AT IT, IT WAS TOO

MUCH TO BREATHE.

IT WAS JUST TOO MUCH

DEVASTATION FOR HIM TO HAVE

SUCH MINOR INJURIES.

REGINALD HAS RETURNED TO

WORK AS A FIREFIGHTER.

EVEN NOW AMID THE DEBRIS AND

MEMORIES, THE EPPES HAVE HOPE

FOR THEIR FAMILY'S FUTURE.

SOON YOU WILL BE REBUILDING

YOUR DREAM HOUSE.

I SEE THE SMILES.

WILL IT BE BIGGER?

YES.

I'M STANDING ON THIS GROUND

AND WE GET TO START OVER.

WE GET TO OPEN A BOOK, FLIP THE

PAGE, AND START A NEW LIFE.

FOR REGINALD AND DANIELLE

THE MIRACULOUS SURVIVAL OF

THEIR SON, R.J. AND THEIR

ENTIRE FAMILY HAS STRENGTHENED

THEIR FAITH IN JESUS.

OUR FAITH THAT WE HAVE AS A

FAMILY IS WHAT SUSTAINED US

THROUGH THE WHOLE ORDEAL.

I THINK THAT'S WHAT ALLOWED US

TO SEE THAT WHEN YOU LOSE

EVERYTHING, YOU LOSE NOTHING AT

ALL BECAUSE HE IS THE ONE THAT

SUSTAINS US AND KEEPS US

TOGETHER.

YOU CAN BUY A HOUSE, YOU CAN

BUY CLOTHES AND CARS.

YOU CAN'T BUY YOUR CHILDREN AND

YOUR WIFE, THE THINGS THAT

ACTUALLY MEAN SOMETHING.

JESUS TOOK CARE OF US ALL.

ALL OF OURS LIVES WERE SPARED

AND WE WERE ALL SAFE.

IT IS A MIRACLE.

I THINK IT YOU WILL --

ILLUSTRATES HIS DIVINE

PROTECTION AND CARE.

INSTEAD OF BEING THROWN TO

THE OTHER SIDE OF MY NEIGHBOR'S

HOUSE I WAS RIGHT BESIDE HERE.

IT IS A MIRACLE THAT I WAS ALIVE.

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