Personal Stories from Biloxi

Church Service in Biloxi, Mississippi

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LISTEN [26:53, RealAudio] In a destroyed church parking lot in Biloxi, Mississippi, American RadioWorks' Stephen Smith captured audio of a moving church service one week after hurricane Katrina had struck the Gulf coast. Also, hear the stories of Pastor Hollins and Hazel Price. (00:17–08:00) In the first eight minutes, Pastor Kenneth Hollins of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church opens the service with a passage from Psalms. (08:05–11:39) Parishioner Hazel Price recounts her desperate escape from the flood waters with her family. (11:47–27:10) Pastor Hollins preaches on the gospel of Matthew, in which Jesus tells the disciples, at sea in a storm, to "be not afraid."

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David Hilfiker

is a physician and cofounder of Joseph's House. He's the author of Not All of Us Are Saints: A Doctor's Journey with the Poor and Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen.