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