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Deadly tornado is the stage for this year's Judgement House

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

MINER -- Attendees of this year's Judgement House at Miner Baptist Church may face their ultimate nightmare as they pass through scenes of a deadly tornado.

"It really has close ties to Missouri because this year's theme is around a storm/tornado that comes through and seeing the death and destruction it leaves behind," said associate pastor Jim Barnhart about this year's Judgement House.

Barnhart said residents may remember a few months ago when a deadly tornado struck Diehlstadt, or they may remember the deadly tornado last year in Joplin.

This year's production, "Shelter of the Storm," is a nine-scene walk-through drama and makes people aware of the reality of heaven and hell.

"We know we're going to die, but there's something about seeing it from a biblical standpoint It poses the question: If you were to die to tonight, where would you spend eternity?" said Freida Cardwell, who has been organizing the production with her husband, Chester, since it began 12 years ago.

Cardwell said this year's drama is about a typical family who goes on a camping trip.

"There is no fear in sight," Cardwell said. "Everything is joyous. The mother wants the family to come to lean on the Lord, but they don't want to have anything to do with it. They go on a camping trip, and a tornado/storm strikes so quickly, they all die -- except for the daughter."

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