Jonathan Falwell preaches in Lynchburg, heads back to Saint Martin to volunteer

Devastation in Saint Martin (Jonathan Falwell)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Pastor Jonathan Falwell was able to preach at Thomas Road Baptist Church Sunday after being stranded in Saint Martin for a week.

He and his wife were able to make it back to Lynchburg Saturday night.

Many members of the congregation were in tears, happy to have their pastor back safe and sound.

"There are no words to describe how bad it really is," Falwell said.

He and his wife went to the island to celebrate their anniversary.

"We figured honestly that we'd be in a shelter down in the basement of the hotel for a few hours as the storm went thru and we'd come out and there might be some debris and some trees down," he said, but the devastation was far worse.

Falwell said the room he and his wife were originally staying in was destroyed, "that room exploded."

While he was stuck, members of the congregation were here doing what they could.

"I prayed. I prayed and I prayed," Patrick Andrews said.

"It made me better appreciate life, every moment of life," Zenoba Powell said.

Pastor Falwell says he's blessed, not lucky.

"It was the most horrific, scary experience. You can't even put it into words what it was like but we made it through," he said.

Falwell is on his way back to Saint Martin. He plans to volunteer and continue ministering to those who lost everything.

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