Cameron First Baptist remembers Rita

By Crystal Price - bio | email

CAMERON, LA (KPLC) - The First Baptist Church of Cameron held a special ceremony on Saturday to observe the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Rita where they dedicated their remodeled building.

Five years ago from Friday, September 24th the hurricane left the church's sanctuary 85 percent demolished and the Sunday school wing and gym less than 50 percent demolished.

"There were holes in the walls and half of the Family Dollar sign was in the wall," said Paul Sellers, a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Cameron. "Unless you were here it's hard to imagine what it was like."

Church members said they did find one miracle through the mess left by the hurricane.

"The stained glass window survived it," said Sellers. "That to us was one of the signs that God wanted us to keep a church in this town."

In November 2005 the congregation decided to turn their gym into their new sanctuary.

Church members along with volunteers from out of state worked on remodeling the gym until its completion in November of 2009.

Jeanne Curtis is with the Muskogee Baptist Association in Oklahoma and her mission team traveled to Cameron six times within the last five years to help remodel the facility.

"People have asked us why do you keep going down there and rebuilding on that church when they've had two hurricanes in the last three years," said Curtis. "We told them that this is their home and we want to rebuild their home."

Although a hurricane destroyed their original facility, church members said they are looking forward to a new beginning with the same faith that refused to go down with the storm.

"The original church that you are in is your home and this is it," said Sellers. "This is our family."

The congregation has been meeting in their new sanctuary since November of last year.

Church members said their church membership has nearly tripled since the new facility has been remodeled.

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