PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - The Rev. Scott Borden survived Hurricane Charley by huddling in a small closet and praying as the storm passed over his home, then hit his nearby church, leaving the sanctuary in tatters.
Fearing his 600-member congregation would be scattered after Friday's storm, Borden was surprised when dozens of them turned up in the courtyard of First Alliance Church to pray and comfort one another.
"I believe that God is at work, even in Charley," he said.
Churches in the battered communities of Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda made do Sunday amid the wreckage that Charley left behind. Services were held wherever possible, including in a parking lot, a courtyard and a community hall.