Two years after Katrina

Starting over
Pastor R. C. Blakes has two flocks in two different cities. On Sunday mornings in New Orleans, services are packed at his New Home Family Worship Center, which is working to get all of its ministry programs up and running two years after Hurricane Katrina.

Blake’s other church is 300 miles away in Houston, where hundreds of his former parishioners relocated. Earlier last month, they broke ground for a new church there.

“A lot of them are struggling with the loss of their culture. Even though many of them have been able to assimilate into that culture there, it’s not New Orleans, and I see a lot of times that they are grieving for what they know to be home,” Blakes told Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, the PBS television program.

For now, Blakes commutes back and forth twice a week. The traveling is taking a personal toll, he said, but he feels that both congregations need him right now.


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