Christian Chronicle

Big mission in the Big Easy

After Hurricane Katrina, Bible studies on a flood-damaged home’s porch led to the planting of the Hollygrove Church of Christ. That congregation just celebrated a milestone.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

NEW ORLEANS — “The storm of the century,” it was called.

Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region with a vengeance in 2005, killing at least 1,833 people and wreaking more than $150 billion in property damage.

For days, the monster storm threatened the lives of Charles and Angela Marsalis. But ultimately, the Christian couple survived. And, as they see it, the experience prepared them for what came next.

“He was making me ready,” Charles said in a recent interview at the Hollygrove Church of Christ, the thriving inner-city congregation that he and his wife planted in the years after Katrina.

Angela echoed her husband, maintaining that God kept them alive for a reason.

“I know that God is real because he got us through that,” she said as the Hollygrove church celebrated its 10th anniversary. “So I serve him fearfully because I know how big he is, and I know he was preparing us.”

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This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle. 

Condensed print version of story: Big milestone in the Big Easy (reporting from New Orleans)

Related: And now you know … the rest of the Hollygrove church story (Road Notes column)

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