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Hurricane Katrina / Rita update
The devastation left by Katrina
This updated status on brethren affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has been provided by the Churches of God, Worldwide Ministries, headquartered in Gretna, Louisana (close to New Orleans). Church of GodWM is the creator of the Hurricane Katrina Fund dedicating to aiding church members who have suffered loss due to the disasters. This update was made available on October 3, 2005.

After five long weeks we (Church of GodWM) were able to begin services again this past Sabbath in our building in Gretna, Louisiana. We were able to accomplish the initial clean up and make the temporary repairs to conduct services for the 27 members who have been able to return to the city. This was the first time many had the opportunity to see or talk to one another since Hurricane Katrina passed our way. There were many hugs and tears shared at our first meeting. The service was dedicated to God, and in memory of Mary Lou Champagne who died as a result of the evacuation and her weakened condition. Following services everyone stayed to enjoy a potluck and swapped stories of what each went through.

This past Thursday (Sept. 29th) the last of the members who were staying at the church building were able to return home again. Some others have indicated they will be using the building from time to time, as needed, while striving to find work and repair homes. But thanks to the generosity of so many friends and family every one locally has found a place to stay.

Because of the generosity of the Church of God and with God's help, we will be able to help the rest of the members as they return to salvage what they can from their homes that were under water.


Hurricane Katrina will be the benchmark that all other hurricanes will be measured against. Some startling statistic:

  • 160,000 homes and businesses will need to be destroyed.

  • 350,000 cars have been totaled (considered unusable).

  • 1 million appliances were destroyed.

  • 22 million tons of debris will need to be picked up and removed.

  • Only 6 of the 35 Fire Stations are inhabitable/usable at this time.

  • Only 3 of the 9 hospitals are currently open.

  • Only 1 hospital was able to remain open during the hurricane.

  • Approximately 450,000 people are still displaced.

  • Over 300,000 people will need housing.

  • Over $100 Billion Dollars of Damage was Uninsured!

  • Total damage will probably exceed $200 Billion Dollars!

  • Approximately 85% of the firemen's homes sustained water damage.

  • Approximately 80% of the Police officers homes sustained water damage.

  • Approximately 1 million trees were toppled in St. Tammany Parish alone.

  • The death toll is over 1,150 people so far for Louisiana and Mississippi.

Special thanks to all who have been so generous and supportive during this most difficult time. You will never know how much all this means to all of us.

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