TUPELO, Miss (WTVA) Carl Peetz knows he's blessed. He has a wife, four children and a happy home on Tupelo's Racove Drive.
In 2011, after a tornado leveled much of Monroe County, Peetz and his family decided to bless someone else. Through a ministry called Eight Days of Hope, they found a family in Wren, whose house was severely damaged. "Theirs was shifted off the foundation a little bit and most of the underpinning was ripped out," Peetz says.
Since then, Peetz's children have repeatedly asked to go on other Eight Days of Hope missions, to help others in need. They couldn't have imagined that exactly three years after they blessed that Wren family, they'd need a blessing themselves.
That tornado that tore through Tupelo in April, toppled a tree onto the Peetz's house. It ripped two holes in the roof.
This week, volunteers from Iowa, Texas and across Mississippi, have rallied around the Peetz family. They've rebuilt, repainted and renewed the family's belief that blessings don't stop, that love is best expressed in broad strokes and that kindness is the currency of God's economy.
"God is repaying them for what they've already done," said volunteer Sharon Heavener of Booneville. "He's blessing them through this, now."
The Peetz's are already looking for away to pay this blessing forward.
"When we're finished here, I can go help somebody else," Carl Peetz says.