Katrina Evacuees Rely on Faith

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September 25, 2005
After witnessing one of the most devastating storms in the history of our nation, many New Orleans residents are asking God, why? But as News 12 explains, one church is filled with evacuees who are singing to a different tune.

Most of the people in this church are from the New Orleans area. The Trumpet in Zion Church, who has an affiliate church in New Orleans, brought more than 50 of its church members from New Orleans to Augusta. Many of them survived neck-deep water and sleeping on roofs for days.

Deshon, a soldier in Iraq, has seen a war first-hand, but he says what he saw in New Orleans doesn’t even compare.

“They used a baseball field to stack dead bodies because there was so many. They’d tie ropes around ankles to the telephone polls, seeing that is hard,” said Deshon Williams, New Orleans evacuee.

Through it all, they knew they had one thing they could always count on, their faith.

“This wasn’t the end for us,” said Arlean Edwards, New Orleans evacuee.

“If you don’t have God you will lose your mind,” Williams said.

Even though their lives have been left behind, their hearts now belong here.

“This is home. It doesn’t feel like it, but it is,” Edwards said.