Thank you so much for all the prayers and encouraging words you all have sent in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. We still do not have any word on exactly how high the water rose in our house. If you have seen the news coverage pictures of New Orleans, it doesn’t look good. We will not be able to get into New Orleans for a good while. For now we are staying at my parents house in Baton Rouge. We have not decided where we will go from here. Many have asked if they can help financially. We can receive funds via Paypal.
or snail mail:
Pastor Don A Elbourne Jr
1451 Great Oak
Baton Rouge,LA 70810
We covet your prayers most of all. I still have not heard from most of our church members. Reports coming out of the Lakeshore/Waveland/Bay St. Louis area say that Katrina left nothing standing.
I am alive. My wife and two kids are alive. My family survived Hurricane Katrina. Still numb from the devastation around us, I can’t help but praise God for the safety of my family and the assurance that God’s providence works all things together for our good and his glory.
We live in New Orleans, or I should say we used to live in New Orleans. We still do not know about our house. We assume its underwater and perhaps a complete loss. We evacuated to my parent’s house in Baton Rouge. We may not be able to return for weeks or even months. Its hard to watch our city fill with water like a bathtub and try to decide where to go from here. Our hope rests in the firm foundation of our sovereign God who holds us in his right hand. This morning I think of John Newton’s words, “Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.”
I still have not heard anything from any of our church members from Lakeshore Baptist Church. Most of them live very close to the water. I know most of them evacuated.
For those not familiar with the gulf coast, Lakeshore sits about half way between New Orleans LA and Gulport. MS, just outside Waveland/Bay St. Louis. Our church is only about a mile from the gulf, in a very low lying area. As soon as the roads open I want to get in and assess the damage. I will be very surprised if any of our church buildings still stand at all.
Now that I have internet access I will post updates as I find out more information. I just wanted to post this to let everyone know that we are safe. Please pray for us as we pick up the pieces, rebuild, and move forward to the glory of God.