Nine Years Ago

Nine years ago today Hurricane Katrina roared ashore in South Mississippi setting off a massive recovery effort that changed our lives forever.

The first pile of our belongings out to the curb… soaked in saltwater and sewage.
The motor of my GMC Sonoma ... after being flooded with saltwater.
The motor of my GMC Sonoma … after being flooded with saltwater.

Our faith was challenged in so many ways at that time.  God’s amazing faith family came to the rescue. From the divergence of doctrines and practices came a common bond centered around expressing the love and life of Jesus for those who cannot help themselves.

And it wasn’t just in our little town of Pascagoula. All across the Coast Christians from across the country and Canada came. Trucks and vans loaded with supplies and people. Everyone that could be reached was helped.



Even at our house. If I started trying to name them all I could never do it. The church of Christ at Gulf Shores, AL made a major impact on our lives as they undertook to restore our house (along with many others).  Flooring was donated from Georgia. We had friends from Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee Arkansas, Florida, Oklahoma, Kentucky and even Monroe, Louisiana helping us! (Little did we know that in a few years we would move to Monroe and see frequently people who worked in our house!). And I’m sure many more places as well!

Marvin Phillips and Craig Hicks at our house.
Marvin Phillips and Craig Hicks at our house.


There are so many Katrina heroes. I wish there were a hall of fame someplace on the Coast of Mississippi with the name of every individual, church, and organization who made recovery possible. I’m sure that God knows, and that’s most important.

I just focused on our house today, but I’m grateful for the work done everywhere!

Thanks again, friends … and thanks to God. The greatest storm our family would face was yet to come … but maybe this disaster helped prepare us in some way for the one that arrived two and half years later.

Thanks for reading.

Blog Tour Heads to Maine!


There are only two more posts on the Compadres Summer Blog Tour and this is one of them! Shelly Kellis lives in Maine and writes her blog,  Embracing His Presence. Her post on the blog tour is one that will resonate with many parents this time of year. She reflects on the echo of an empty nest and facing this with faith. You can read her post, Letting Go,  HERE.

One quote I really liked was…

Whether your empty nesting like me, or just put them on the school bus for the first time. God has this. Don’t try to figure it all out. Live in moments where faith becomes real and love is alive, embrace it and live in grace.

Head over there and bookmark, subscribe, and take a look around!

There’s one more stop… you’ll hear about it soon!

Thanks for reading!  JD

Peter Horne on the Blog Tour!


Next stop is Rochester, New York where Peter Horne serves as the preaching minister for the Lawson Road Church of Christ. He can be seen blogging at Peter’s Patter, God Meets Ball (sports themes), and Cultural Mosaic.  Among the Aussie’s I’ve met in person, Peter is my favorite!

His post in the blog tour is found at the Cultural Mosaic site and is especially appropriate in light of current events: Walking The Racial Tightrope For Jesus.  You don’t want to miss these insights! My favorite line from his post is this:

…Multi-ethnic churches bring glory to God because it is only his grace and power that allows them to work. They exist as entities giving glory to God. Without God’s presence my efforts to build a multi-ethnic organization would fall miserably flat.

Make sure to go HERE and download a .pdf of an excellent set of lessons by some great writers on the subject of Healthy Hearts.  I sent it to my Kindle and look at it from time to time… very encouraging.

Not many more stops on the Blog tour!

Thanks for reading, John

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