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.