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Houston Church Home to Katrina Evacuees

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Had it not been for Hurricane Katrina, one congregation would have worshiped Sunday morning in New Orleans -- but the storm destroyed their homes and turned their lives upside down.

"Lost my home and my business. Even my mother passed six months after. But the bottom line was because I connected with my church family, it made a difference," said church member June Nelson.

After Katrina, the congregation connected in Houston and built a new church, the New Home Family Worship Center.

"It was critical for the people of New Orleans to find some stability in their lives after the hurricane," said Lisa Blakes, wife of New Home Family Worship Center pastor R. C. Blakes.

"Most of us lost everything.But still we have here today a new restoration that God has a vision that has given us comfort," said church member Adrieane Hinton.

"God giveth and God taketh away. And when He takes it away, He gives it back to you doublefold. So that's what I had to lean on," said church member Elizabeth Merrity.

The congregation moved from one temporary space to another until moving into the new southeast Houston building in March. There is plenty of room to expand.

After five years, there is little talk of church members returning to New Orleans.

The congregation of New Home Family Worship Center is home in Houston.

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