Community Leans On Faith To Aid In Recovery

Residents and local leaders gathered at St. Paul's Church in Pass Christian to honor those who lost their lives during Hurricane Katrina.

From a volunteer firefighter to a real estate agent, Pass Christian resident Gene Rogers says the storm took the lives of people he's known his entire life.

"When I pass Horace's place, I always remember him there, and Nip Lang is a friend of mine. I've always called him for things that I needed. So, it's a loss that we will probably always remember," Roger said.

Deacon Bill Vrazel gave the message at the service. He says during a time of crisis people often forget where their strength comes from, and he wants to remind them to lean on faith.

"A lot of times, God gives us the grace and the strength to go beyond things that we didn't even think we could do, but if we bring them to God and allow him to reinvigorate our strengths in faith, we are able to go on and do better jobs," Vrazel said.

Now as the nation prepares to remember the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, this community says they will always remember the lives lost and the friendships gained.

Leaders at Sunday's ceremony also recognized the volunteers who have contributed to the city's rebuilding.