“I just thank God, thank God. If it wasn’t for God, I wouldn’t be here, me and my wife.” – Sylvester Johnson [#IJustThankGod #JustThankGod]

“I just thank God, thank God. If it wasn’t for God, I wouldn’t be here, me and my wife.” – Sylvester Johnson [#IJustThankGod #JustThankGod]

Stories of survival are coming out following this weekend’s violent storms that spawned 9 tornadoes and left portions of north Mississippi looking like a war zone.

According to one Marshall County couple, their faith brought them through a horrifying experience.

“It was devastating; the only thing I could I could tell my husband is to just hold on. We just kept holding onto each other up under the couch. We kept praying, and I said, ‘Lord just let it cease.’ And it finally stopped.”
– Ruthie Johnson

While the violent storm passed quickly Saturday morning, the horror was just beginning for Ruthie Johnson and her husband Sylvester.

“We tried to get out the door, couldn’t get the door opened. The window was broke right there in the living room, so I climbed out the living room window.”
– Sylvester Johnson

Sylvester Johnson pulled his wife out, falling and badly lacerating his hand and arm near his wrist. It would require nearly 50 stitches.

“It’s just, it’s numb on this side and the thumb. I ain’t really got no strength in it.”
– Sylvester Johnson

Sylvester Johnson is bruised and very sore.

The Johnsons’ home of 30 years was torn apart.

According to Marshall County’s EMA director, there were another 5 structures damaged nearby, but Sylvester Johnson was the only person injured.

The National Weather Service has not determined whether this damage was caused by a tornado or straight-line winds, but Sylvester Johnson is certain of one thing.

“It was like a roller coaster; a ride.”
– Sylvester Johnson

The Johnsons are staying with Ruthie’s in-laws for now and are unsure of what the future holds.

They both agreed their faith brought them through one of the darkest times of their lives.

“I just thank God, thank God. If it wasn’t for God, I wouldn’t be here, me and my wife.”
– Sylvester Johnson

Mississippi couple credits faith after surviving severe storm:
wreg.com

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