GULFPORT, Miss. (Christian Examiner) — Shortly after 10 a.m. on a hot Sunday in August 2005, residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast heard the familiar tone of the National Weather Service’s radio warning.
“Devastating damage expected,” the report said. Early the next morning, Aug. 29, Katrina made landfall as a category three hurricane.
“The devastation along the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina was staggering,” David Johnson, assistant administrator for the National Weather Service, recalled.
“The physical destruction and personal suffering surmounted that of any U.S. weather disaster in recent history. The loss of life and extraordinary damage made Katrina the costliest hurricane in U.S. history and one of the five deadliest hurricanes to ever strike the U.S.,” he said.
“The storm taught me that whatever you’re going to do for God’s glory and for the Kingdom, you better do it now because you don’t know what tomorrow is going to hold.” – Chuck Register, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
Katrina wrecked homes, cars, businesses and churches.
But for Chuck Register, executive leader of church planting and missions partnerships for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), it affected more than material possessions.
“The storm changed my entire philosophy of ministry,” he said.
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