It is frustrating, even with instantaneous communication, that so little is actually known for sure. The media provide us with stories of looting, shootings, rape gangs and recriminations, but most of it seems to be second or third hand information. This PC(USA) news release puts a human face to the suffering and provides eyewitness accounts that strike close to home.
"...Katrina also damaged more than half of the Presbyterian churches in South Louisiana Presbytery, destroyed six in Mississippi Presbytery and wreaked havoc in Tropical Florida Presbytery.
At first, Peacock, the associate pastor of Lakeview Presbyterian Church in New Orleans — and vice moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s 216th General Assembly (2004) — hoped she wouldn’t be away from home for long...."
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is on the scene, and I expect they will continue to update the page dealing specifically with Hurricane Katrina response.
What we have been hearing about so far has been the ugly part of all of this; perhaps we can begin to hear of the selfless sacrifices of Presbyterians and others who are doing what they can to alleviate the suffering in the Gulf Coast states.