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  • FIRST-PERSON: Letter to pastors in the hurricane zones

    by Joe McKeever , posted Monday, September 11, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Reflecting on his experiences with Hurricane Katrina, Joe McKeever offers encouragement and counsel to pastors of churches impacted by Hurricanes Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. Read More

  • KATRINA 2005-15: NOBTS counts blessings, not losses

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Thursday, August 27, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is counting blessings rather than losses and leaning into the future with anticipation.

    "We are grateful that God was able to pull out of the rubble of Katrina a city of New Orleans that has more energy and has more vitality than it has had in a very long time," NOBTS President Chuck Kelley said. "And out of the rubble, the seminary is now strong, healthy and doing well." Read More

  • KATRINA 2005-15: 'Test of our faith'

    by Fred Luter, posted Tuesday, August 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The devastation of Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago, New Orleans pastor Fred Luter writes, was "a test of our willingness to come back and rebuild. … We will never be the city we had before." Read More

  • Trip to N. Orleans introduces Conn. students to faith in action

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Tuesday, March 06, 2007 (10 years ago)

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    U.S. Coast Guard cadets and Connecticut collegians pause for a photo during a missions trip to New Orleans that prompted some of the team’s non-Christians to rethink their view of Christianity.
    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Unconventional mission trips to New Orleans have helped a number of U.S. Coast Guard cadets and college students from Connecticut see that many of the folks helping with hurricane recovery work on the Gulf Coast are Christians as opposed to secularists.

    “Our mission team was our mission trip,” said Randy Bond, director of the New London Collegiate Ministry in Connecticut who has taken four teams of Coast Guard cadets and students -– including non-Christians -- to his home state of Louisiana for volunteer work. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The weekly New Orleans pastors’ meeting

    by Joe McKeever, posted Thursday, November 03, 2005 (12 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Each Wednesday, pastors/ministers in the New Orleans area have been meeting at First Baptist Church of LaPlace for fellowship and information. Around 50 of us gather there each time, but it's never the same group. Read More

  • Multi-week cleanup of flooded New Orleans Seminary begins

    by Keith Manuel, posted Wednesday, November 02, 2005 (12 years ago)

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    Sorrowful stuff

    Outside campus housing at New Orleans Seminary, piles of left-behind items and debris underscore the heartache of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding it caused. Photo by Keith Manuel

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--The first wave of volunteers in a major cleanup initiative at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary arrived Oct. 31, aiming to boost the campus to an even greater place of prominence in the city.

    The first project for the team of volunteers from Alabama and Mississippi was the removal of belongings left behind by students in their apartments and dorm rooms, said Bob Jackson, director of the seminary’s MissionLab program. Read More

  • College’s journalism students boost post-Katrina morale

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, October 26, 2005 (12 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A photograph of a gate snapped in two by hurricane-force winds tells the story: William Carey College’s three campuses -– in Hattiesburg and Gulfport, Miss., and New Orleans -- will never again be the same. Read More

  • Campus police chief leads worship for crews at seminary

    by Benjamin Hawkins, posted Monday, October 24, 2005 (12 years ago)

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    Workers’ challenge

    With work crews facing moldy walls and ceilings in student housing at New Orleans Seminary, campus police chief Barry Busby is helping and ministering to the laborers who are cleaning up the campus. Photo by Jonathan Blair

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Decked out in his police uniform with a pistol at his hip, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s police chief, Barry Busby, does not look like a pastor. But he is.

          On Oct. 9, Busby gathered about 15 relief workers together in the seminary’s Martin Chapel for worship and Bible study. They called it the “Church in the Quad.” The next Sunday, attendance swelled to nearly two dozen in the original chapel at the seminary.

    Although spared from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the chapel was without air conditioning, so the doors had to be propped open. Read More

  • New Orleans churches struggle to resume worship & ministry

    by Sherri Brown, posted Friday, October 21, 2005 (12 years ago)

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    Back in church

    Becky Boykin and Renee Page greet each other at First Baptist Church in New Orleans during the first worship service since Hurricane Katrina. Photo by Sherri Brown

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--They sang from a screen fueled by a borrowed generator. They hugged friends and waved to others across the sanctuary. And they asked the all-important post-hurricane question: “How did you do?”

          It was the first time that First Baptist Church -- significantly smaller in number but no less enthusiastic –- met for worship since Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans.

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    Flooded flag

    Lakeview Baptist Church's Christian flag never turned over during the New Orleans floods, but it bears the marks of the waters. The New Orleans congregation lost everything to water and mold damage. Photo by Sherri Brown

          The church is built up enough so that the floodwaters stopped at its doorstep. But the church didn’t escape damage. Winds ripped away about a third of one building. Rain poured into Sunday School classrooms. Offices and church records were destroyed. Parts of the buildings that escaped damage soon showed signs of growing black mold. Weeks after the storm, there is still no electricity.

          “Everything around us stood in four to six feet of floodwater for weeks. The grass is dead, the trees are dying,” said David Crosby, pastor of First Baptist.

    But when the first worship service since Katrina was held Oct. 9, Crosby offered a prayer of thanks to “the God of storm and wind and rain.” First Baptist New Orleans will recover, but many other churches in the area may not. Read More