August 30, 2008

Remebering Katrina

Filed under: Personal — Neil @ 9:07 am

This weekend marks 3 years since Katrina. We were living in New Orleans at the time while I was going to school at NOBTS. We were really fortunate because we didn’t lose any of our stuff due to Katrina. Our apartment was 3 blocks away from the 17th street canal that flooded the city. However, we were on the side of the canal that held.

Although, we didn’t lose any of our stuff it was still very difficult for us. Amanda was a 5th grade teacher at C.F. Rowley in Chalmette & I worked here. Both of our jobs were gone in an instant. NOBTS was underwater. However, the most difficult part was being separated from our friends. We had developed a very close relationships w/ other couples that were either in seminary w/ us or had gone to M.C. w/ us & were living in New Orleans. Due to the storm we never had a chance to say goodbye. We were just all instantly spread across the southeast.

Following the storm we moved in w/ my parents for 4 months. Clinton Park had a position open & Amanda was able to get that job. I ended up managing a 24 hour hotline providing crisis counseling for Katrina victims through a grant of the MS Dept. of Mental Health called Project Recovery. I’m still amazed at how God provided for us.

Through Katrina we learned:

  • Relationships are much more valuable than possessions.
  • God provides.
  • God can use an absolutely awful situation for His glory.

Here are a few pictures from our return trip to New Orleans a week after Katrina on Labor Day of 2005.

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