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MONROE – During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana
Baptist Children’s Home was flooded with dozens of telephone calls from
caring people wanting to help with children who had been displaced to
concerned and often desperate people seeking information about their
family members- children who were in different group home and
residential facilities in New Orleans and the surrounding areas.
A pastor from Columbia called us regarding information about a
particular child. His church was housing evacuees and one of the
evacuees was a gentleman whose granddaughter was in a group home
in New Orleans. The pastor said that the man did not have any idea
where his granddaughter was.
We took down the name of the children’s home and the pastor’s telephone
number. No one recognized the name of the home. Internet searches
Later that night, I was talking on the phone with my mother. She was
telling me that a man that she works with was involved with his church
in Baton Rouge helping children displaced from group homes in New
Curious, I asked her what the name of the group home was. I nearly
dropped the telephone. It was the group home that the girl was with!
The next day, I spoke with her coworker and got as much information as
I could about where the residents were being housed. I found out that
the residents boarded a bus for Corpus Christi, Texas, the night
before. I contacted the pastor to tell him. I told him about the
residents being in Baton Rouge. He said that these residents were being
moved to Corpus Christi and that this was not the right group home.
I then told him that this group was heading to Corpus Christi. He then
realized that we were talking about the same group home and its
residents. I gave him the contact information for the agency in Corpus
Christi. He was so excited to be able to tell this grandfather that his
granddaughter was safe.
I was amazed at the sovereignty of God. I stood in awe of how God
worked through the most horrible of situations. I never heard anymore
about the man or his granddaughter. God showed me that He could use any
circumstance to bring Him glory.
He showed me that He is faithful to His people, even when everything around them is falling apart.