Pastor Henry McNeal, of the Oasis of Faith church, says divine intention played a big part in getting his church built back.
"To see what the Lord has done, this is a miracle. If you're willing to go through a storm in your life but hold on to your faith, God can make your dreams come true."
Katrina wiped out the church's old building in D'Iberville, but the pastor said he found comfort in a dream he had before the storm, one that showed him a new church was coming.
More than two and half years later, the answer to the pastor's dream came in the form of volunteers from Living Word Community Church in York, Pennsylvania. The group has worked on 13 homes since Hurricane Katrina, but its final goal was to build a church.
"It was all a labor of love. Basically 38 people built this building in two weeks," says Edward Arnold, Living Word Community Church.
Now that initial work on the church has begun, the first lady of the church, Maxine McNeal says its time for the church to get working in its new community.
"They've done their part, and I feel Oasis of Faith has a part to do. And that's going out into the community and being a blessing to the community and impacting it through the love of Jesus."
Although there's still work to be done on the church, members and volunteers say through hard work and faith, the dream of a new church is now a reality.
Volunteers with the Living Word church say they will continue supporting Oasis of Faith, including helping the church build a new parking lot.
The church hopes to one day expand to a second building and use the building it's in now as a children's church.
By: Krystal Allan
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