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A survivor’s message for Harvey victims: ‘God has not left you alone’

Church planter who escaped Katrina offers encouragement for Texans trapped by flooding.

Angela Marsalis says she can’t even watch the news because it makes her cry.

But Marsalis, who escaped Hurricane Katrina in 2005 by fleeing to the balcony of the Carrollton Avenue Church of Christ in New Orleans, has a message for the thousands of Harvey victims: “God has not left you alone.”

“My heart ❤️ is hurting so bad for the people who are affected by Hurricane Harvey,” Marsalis wrote in a post on her Facebook page, which she gave The Christian Chronicle permission to share.

“To those who are rescued or still trapped, never stop trusting God, for He he has not left you alone,” she added. “I repeat, ‘God’ has not left you alone. All eyes are on you Texas. God’s people are here in prayer, thought and good deeds are coming.”

After Katrina, Angela Marsalis and her husband, Charles Marsalis, planted the Hollygrove Church of Christ, in a high-crime neighborhood in New Orleans.

The Chronicle published its first in-depth story on the Marsalises’ experience in 2006.

Last year, Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman interviewed the husband and wife for the National Geographic Channel series “The Story of God.” 

Morgan Freeman interviews Hurricane Katrina survivors Charles and Angela Marsalis at the Carrollton Avenue Church of Christ in New Orleans. (PHOTO FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL)

In 2006, Charles and Angela Marsalis pose in the balcony of the Carrollton Avenue Church of Christ, where they fled as floodwaters rose after Hurricane Katrina. (PHOTO BY BOBBY ROSS JR.)The Marsalises told Freeman how they relied on their faith as floodwaters kept rising during Katrina.

They described singing on a bridge filled with desperate survivors — some selling drugs and carrying guns.

“I mean, I felt that the devil was at work,” Charles Marsalis said. “I told my wife, ‘Nuh-uh, it’s time for us to get busy.’ And so we just started singing, and then the next thing we know, in the darkness, you can hear people saying, ‘Sing this song! Sing that song!’ And I can’t remember, how long did we sing?”

“All night!” Angela Marsalis replied, as Freeman joined the couple in laughing at the memory. “We just knew that God would get us out of there.”

“Not even Katrina could shake that faith of God,” Charles Marsalis added. “No way.”

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