BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Walking into Calvary Chapel, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Gov. Phil Bryant shook hands and visited with some of those who are lending a hand in recovery.
"I want to thank you all because part of being in paradise is having people willing to help their neighbor," Napolitano said.
"Let me tell you, the Lord listened and he heard," said Bryant. "We are hurting, but we are going to come back, we are going to reach out, and I want to thank you for doing that."
The church hosts volunteer groups and members also volunteer in the community and across the world. Pastor Frank Griffin said he was humbled by the visit.
"People that you don't know and they come walk alongside life with you, it brings hope to them," Frank said. "People aren't as concerned about material possessions as they want someone to listen to, to talk to, to hear their hurts and pains and healing always comes when a brother or sister comes and puts their arm around each other."
His wife, Terri Griffin, admits they were a bit shocked when they heard Bryant and Napolitano would be coming.
"Unbelievable, but then we serve a big God and so yes it was maybe in the natural surprising, but with God all things are possible," Terri said.
The visit reassured church members.
Congregation member Nelson Roth called the visit an "awesome thing."
"You could just tell by everyone who was here, just the sense that we were being watched out for, being cared for," Roth. "It was real, genuine, and real heart felt."