COPY-Morning Star dedicates new sanctuary - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

COPY-Morning Star dedicates new sanctuary

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A South Mississippi church marked a new beginning. Sunday, Gulfport's Morning Star Baptist Church dedicated its brand new sanctuary.

"Truly God has blessed us. It's been a struggle, but it's been a good struggle because of the God that we serve," said Pastor Dr. Lewis Ragins.

After Hurricane Katrina destroyed the old sanctuary, Pastor Ragins says he knew he had to rebuild. And while many churches moved north, Morning Star was committed to its Soria City roots.

"Our people had a mind to stay in this community. We know that there will always be people in this community and always people south of I-10. We want to be here to minister to them, and we truly believe that is a part of our calling," said Pastor Ragins.

Pastor William Shaw was a vital part of that rebuilding. That's because Pastor Shaw is the president of the National Baptist Convention. The organization not only helped the church and its members, it also helped members of the community.

"It's really a demonstration of the faith that we have claimed. The faith is not just a faith for good times, it is a faith for all times. When people confront disasters, their faith relationship with God sustains them in that and keeps them always with a sense of hope," said Pastor Shaw.

Now that the structure is in place, the Morning Star congregation can continue its mission to serve and save the people of South Mississippi. Morningstar is located on 20th Street in Gulfport.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Crews work to restore power to residents following overnight storm damage

    Crews work to restore power to residents following overnight storm damage

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:28 AM EDT2017-03-25 15:28:38 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 3:55 PM EDT2017-03-25 19:55:56 GMT
    (Source: Craighead Electric Cooperative Facebook Page)(Source: Craighead Electric Cooperative Facebook Page)

    Several residents affected by overnight storms may have to wait a while before their power is restored.

    Several residents affected by overnight storms may have to wait a while before their power is restored.

  • City incinerator cut off following early morning storm damage

    City incinerator cut off following early morning storm damage

    Saturday, March 25 2017 10:37 AM EDT2017-03-25 14:37:51 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 3:54 PM EDT2017-03-25 19:54:49 GMT
    (Source: Bill Campbell)(Source: Bill Campbell)

    The city of Jonesboro announced Saturday morning that access to the city's incinerator has been cut off in the wake of storms that rolled through the area.

    The city of Jonesboro announced Saturday morning that access to the city's incinerator has been cut off in the wake of storms that rolled through the area.

  • New business comes to Bono

    New business comes to Bono

    Friday, March 24 2017 11:38 PM EDT2017-03-25 03:38:07 GMT
    Friday, March 24 2017 11:45 PM EDT2017-03-25 03:45:53 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    One-third of the Jim Co Factory building in Bono will now be used as another factory, bring six to eight jobs to the city.

    One-third of the Jim Co Factory building in Bono will now be used as another factory, bring six to eight jobs to the city.

Powered by Frankly