Charles and Angela Marsalis survived a killer storm. God showed them why.

Hurricane Katrina prepared the New Orleans residents to share Jesus with the inner-city neighborhood where they grew up.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

NEW ORLEANS — Charles and Angela Marsalis have no doubt that God is real. And powerful.

For evidence, they point to Hurricane Katrina — the 2005 disaster that killed at least 1,833 people and wreaked more than $150 billion in property damage.

For days, the monster storm threatened the Marsalises’ lives, but they survived. Ultimately — they believe — the experience prepared them for greater service in the Lord’s kingdom.

“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. 

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Author: Bobby Ross Jr.

Award-winning journalist Bobby Ross Jr. has reported from all 50 states and 14 countries in his 28-year professional career.