EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a series of articles and columns this week in Baptist Press marking the 10-year recovery in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina. Fred Luter, whose column appears today, is pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, which was flooded by the levee breaks in New Orleans after Katrina. Luter also was the 2012-14 president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Ten years ago our lives were drastically changed by Hurricane Katrina. Not only did it impact our city physically, but it impacted us spiritually and emotionally. It was a time we will never forget.
It was a test of our faith. It was a test of our belief. It also was a test of our willingness to come back and rebuild.
It took us two and a half years to get back in the church here (Franklin Avenue Baptist Church New Orleans). In the meantime we worshipped at several campuses — First Baptist Church in New Orleans, Istrouma Baptist Church in Baton Rouge and First Baptist Church in Houston.
Before Katrina we were the church gathered. After Katrina we were the church scattered.
Now we are back. However, there are a whole lot of folks who are still displaced and would love to come back home but have not had the opportunity.
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