Easter New Orleans Style at the Twin City Mission

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Heads bow and hands raise, before Easter Dinner at the Twin City Mission. Four hams and lots of love went into preparing the meal. In fact, the folks doing the cooking were eating here themselves, not too long ago.

"The water rised high in our home and the only thing we basically were able to salvage were pictures," said former New Orleans resident, Korey Thomas.

In all, 16 people in this extended family relocated here from New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina. When they didn't have anything, the mission gave them a shoulder to lean on. Now they're returning the favor.

"We really love it here and we love the people. We love the hospitality and we just wanted the people to know we care too," said Deborah Miller.

Now, the family calls Bryan-College Station home, and they've started a church. The congregation cooks and serves food for the mission once a month.

"Everything we cook is cajun style. A little spice, a little twist to it," said Miller. Nobody seems to mind.

"Well yeah in some of the food, you could tell the difference but see I had to go back twice because the first time I was eating so fast I forgot to taste it," said Walter Sandford.

On Easter weekend, the family who lost nearly everything is serving up hope, one meal at a time.

"We also lost our possessions, but there's an old quote in the Bible. 'What the devil meant for bad, God used it for good.'"

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