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Pass Christian Church Praises God In Old Sanctuary Again

Claudette Jones and others at Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church had an extra reason to go to church Sunday morning. For the first time since the storm, they were praising God in their old sanctuary, just blocks from the beach in Pass Christian.

"It is somewhat emotional because we are really, really blessed. Even though Katrina may have came in here and did what she did for a purpose, but since Katrina came, it's been a whole lot of blessings come out of this," church member Colodia Smith says. 

Members say some of those blessings are the new faces in the crowd. Volunteer Walt Schendel is one of them. He just moved to Pass Christian from Virginia. He says worshipping with his new church family in the new building is another vital step to recovery for everyone.

"I've seen a lot of distress. I've seen a lot of depression, and I know for a fact that this church has been blessed. These people have been blessed, and to be a part of the community is a great honor," Schendel says.

Lynn Hughes is also a new face at the church. Katrina leveled her Pass Christian home, but she says members of this church helped her stand back up on the inside.

"God just started putting people in our path, not just our worldly walk to rebuild our house, but our spiritual walk, too. The spiritual walk healed the emotions, and once you reach out to others, you become healed. And that's what you see here, is a healing," Hughes says.

The congregation had been holding services in DeLisle since the storm, and they say members of Westminister Jordan Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania played an important role in helping to rebuild the church.

By: Toni Miles

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