Apison man devotes life to helping others after devastating twister

Jojo Macatiag {CQ} walks through an area of fallen trees partially cleared by volunteers in Harrison, Tenn., on Thursday, April 5, 2012. Doug Walter {CQ} and Macatiag, both Open House Volunteers, were preparing to wrap a clean-up effort following 2011's tornado when February's twister created yet more damage to clear.

It's amazing if you have faith. Sometimes you don't know what will happen. It's scary at the same time because you never know what will happen. If I can make someone else's lives a little better, I'll try.

In front of Arthur Bates' farmhouse in Apison is a sign that reads: "The house God built."

The 76-year-old's home - built by his grandfather and more than a century old - was ripped apart by a tornado on April 27, 2011, just minutes after he left the home to deliver meat to his preacher. He said he doesn't know what would have happened to him if it hadn't been for volunteers, who he believes God sent to help him after the storm.

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