“On Tuesday, August 30, 2005, my life changed forever. Although Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Mississippi the day before, the levees in my hometown of New Orleans broke on that day.” So begins a recent GTF blog guest post by Ansel Augustine, a 2015 alumnus of the Graduate Theological Foundation who earned the Doctor of Ministry degree. In a moving account of his experience and the community of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina entitled, “Through the Storm: A Reflection on Katrina,” Dr. Augustine details the difficult work to recover emotionally, physically, and spiritually after the disaster as well as to literally rebuild the community. He also discusses the changes in New Orleans and the indomitable spirit of the New Orleanian community which is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. See photos from New Orleans and read Dr. Augustine’s reflection here.
Dr. Augustine also met with President Barack Obama during an event held in New Orleans in August of this year marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Read more about Dr. Augustine’s meeting with the President on the GTF blog here.