Laura's father, Pastor Joseph Dietrich of Trinity Lutheran Church, Abita Springs, LA, still preached Sunday morning to a crowd of about 25 members out of a regular 70 even though a hurricane was on its way.
That evening, the Dietrich family hunkered down for the night in their household study under a makeshift shelter built out of box springs, a desk and some wood.The next morning, daylight came and Pastor Dietrich wrote in his online web log of weathering the storm, "I couldn't resist walking around the house and to watch the trees bend and struggle against the wind."
...Pastor Dietrich writes that the winds began to subside by 3 p.m. and firemen were already clearing the streets of large debris with chainsaws.
...During the first few days of September, Pastor Dietrich tried reaching many of his members to make sure everyone was all right and to see if anyone needed any immediate assistance with anything.
Power returned to the Dietrich home on Monday, September 5 at 6:08 p.m. Crews from states as far as North Carolina came to help with the clean-up."We are doing very well considering all that has happened.We have water, electricity and good neighbors," Pastor Dietrich stated.
When asked how Laura thought God would bless Southern Louisiana and Alabama, she
replied, "I think He
will provide them with their physical needs and provide them with hope."
Laura also took the time to express her
feeling toward the government's response to Hurricane Katrina.She
stated, "I think he
[President Bush] should have responded faster, especially in New Orleans because peoples' houses were gone.