Katrina: How One Community Overcame it by Faith

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Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church after Katrina

For 101 years Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church had thrived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with a membership of approximately 700 people. On Monday, August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, the worst natural disaster in our nation’s history, devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast, forever changing the history of Morning Star. Fast forward two years and no work had been done. The church still struggled with insurance settlements which made it difficult to move forward.

Then, help finally came from as near as surrounding counties to as far as Pennsylvania. Church members were resolved to not only restore the damaged buildings but to serve the community with state-of-the-art facilities. On December 7, 2008, three years after hurrican Katrina, the congregation marched into a brand new sanctuary, family life center, and education building. Through those three very difficult years, the people stayed committed, focused, and true.

The anchor still holds thanks to God and the support of Pr. Harry J. Pilson & The Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA; Pr. John Johnson & The Morning Star Baptist Church of Jackson, MS; Pr. Ray Streets & The Emmanuel Baptist Church of Johnstown, PA. Under the leadership of Dr. Lewis Edward Ragins, Sr., Pastor, the Morning Star community can only look forward to better days ahead.

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About the Author: Nilse Gilliam is a writer and graphic designer who specializes in non-profit multi-media publications. She has a BA in journalism from Rust College and a MA in internet journalism from The University of Memphis. She is the CEO of FurtadoGilliam Media, a wife and a mom.

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