As most of the readers of this blog know, I have a special place in my heart for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. My son has earned his Master of Divinity Degree in Biblical Languages at NOBTS, and he is beginning his Doctoral work there this year. Jay was heavily involved in the Seminary's recovery effort in the aftermath of it's destruction by the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina. Doug Virgin, John Freeman, and I were blessed to help for a couple of days in October, 2005 (photo above) when Dr. Kelley opened up the campus for one week so the seminary family could salvage whatever of their post Katrina possessions they could, before the campus was locked down for renovation. I have been blessed to serve on the Seminary Board of Trustees for the past two years (serving on the Instructional Sub Committee) and have come to know and deeply appreciate the Administration, Faculty, and Staff - and many of the students. In fact, six of the NOBTS students accompanied our Beacon Ministries mission team on our May, 2008 trip.
Some of you may regularly read the daily Baptist Press dispatches (we have a feed from BP News on our church website http://www.wbcwv.org/) but for those who may not, I am including a link to yesterday's article about the NOBTS evacuation. The process began at 3:00 PM on Friday for the Seminary family, in anticipation of the expected Monday arrival of Hurricane Gustav. To read the story click on this link http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28812