LONG BEACH, Miss. (BP)--At first glance it looked as though First Baptist Church had been completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, but that was before the character of its people and the cooperative spirit of Southern Baptists kicked in.
"Pre-Katrina ... we thought we were a Great Commission church," said pastor LaRue Stephens, pastor of the Gulf Coast congregation in Long Beach, Miss. "We gave a lot of money to missions, sent a
lot of missions teams all over the world, and many of our people had been involved in direct support or going. We had our community food bank ministry, and housed it on our campus at no cost, plus provided volunteers for it.
"However, one of the sweet blessings of the storm is that God allowed it to remove the walls," Stephens said. Read More