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New Orleans, Five Years On

This time five years ago in late August 2005 Hurricane Katrina had already done it's worst to New Orleans, and the levees were collapsing - leaving the city flooded.

My brother-in-law Mike Brantley was visiting his mother just north of New Orleans at the time and has written movingly of his experiences then, and the pain the city still feels from the political failure to make it right.

Mike and Susanne moved back to New Orleans a year later with their two boys Logan and Jordan to be part of rebuilding the heart and soul of the city. They formed Communitas, through which they minister with Chad & Cindy and others - a team I count as friends.

In 2007 I went to New Orleans to see Mike and Susanne and the Communitas team when I was in the USA on business, and then last year when we took a family holiday there. Both times it was great to spend time with family and friends, to visit and fall in love with the city of New Orleans.

On my second visit I was pleased to see some progress in rebuilding the city - but it still astonishes (and angers) me that political failures mean that a major city in the world's wealthiest country has not been able to be rebuilt as quickly as it should.

Mike writes regularly about their ministry in New Orleans and related topics on his two blogs - if his first blog Out On a Limb is too provocative for you then try out his second blog Live To Be Forgotten which he describes as 'playing nicely' as he's more toned down there!

Image courtesy Marilyn's Poetry.

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