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Waveland Church Celebrates Renewed Faith

It's a brand new day for one south Mississippi church. That's because they're in a new building with renewed faith.

A church from Burr Oak, Indiana found its way to Waveland, Mississippi. Leaders like Robert Tyler, Chief Bishop of the Church of the Living God, are calling it divine direction.

"We have a marvelous ettifous here because of Christian love," says Tyler.

Because of that love, members of the Church of the Living God now have a new place to worship. Chief Bishop Robert Tyler spoke of that love at Sunday's service.

"It is vital to the life blood of this community that the rebuilding process continues and to have that type of love from people who didn't even know you, not even remotely associated pick up this as a project," says Tyler.

Devastation and uncertainty were just some of the things Pastor Dewayne Robertson was faced with after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.   

"The struggles were there as a pastor, as a husband, as a father. I was obligated to the church as well as my family. There were times when we didn't know how or where we were going to go," says Robertson. "But the past couple of years, we have been trying to take care of the old building that we were in before, surely God had another plan for us. What we wanted to do didn't pan out to what God wanted to do."

That's because more than 900 miles away in Burr Oak, Indiana, faith and fate were taking place.

As leaders celebrate in their new sanctuary, they realize any church is only as strong as its members.

Several members from the Burr Oaks Church in Indiana were able to come back for this weekend's dedication and worship ceremonies.

By Elise Roberts

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