[img_assist|nid=6610|title=A Coast Guard swimmer rescues a woman from the roof of a house surrounded by flood waters after Hurricane Katrina.|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=58]STATEWIDE – The devastation wrought by Katrina in 2005 remains an oozing gash in the lives of people throughout Greater New Orleans and the North Shore.
The storm was a turning point as well for Louisiana Baptists from LaPlace north to Shreveport, Monroe, and more; and west to Lafayette, Lake Charles, Leesville and more, who opened their homes and hearts to Katrina survivors.
“My friends in Florida who went through Andrew tell me it’ll be 10 years before we’re back to normal,” said Lonnie Wascom, North Shore director of missions.
That means this Aug. 29 will be about the half-way point. The Baptist Message plans a five-year retrospective for the Aug. 19 issue, and wants your input. Looking back, how did Katrina change you? What did God teach you through this horrific storm? Who do you want to thank, and why?
Email your responses by Aug. 9 to email@example.com, or email them to Katrina Stories, Baptist Message, PO Box 311, Alexandria LA 71303.