Christian Chronicle

Big mission in the Big Easy

Years after Hurricane Katrina, these survivors see God at work in their lives and ministry.

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 more than 1,800 people and wreaking $125 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 their family for what came next.

“God was making me ready,” Charles Marsalis said in an interview at the Hollygrove Church of Christ, the thriving inner-city congregation that he and his wife launched in the years after Katrina.

Angela Marsalis 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 on a recent Sunday.

Read the full story.

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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