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Charlie Fraga Elected Overall Coordinator
September 10

Charlie Fraga Elected Overall Coordinator

Charlie Fraga (Vancouver-Portland) will be the next overall coordinator of the People of Praise. He was elected by the community’s board of governors during an assembly that took place September 9-10.

Hurricane Isaac Update

By Chris Meehan

All 63 men, women and children in the New Orleans branch appear to have come through Hurricane Isaac in fine shape, says Lloyd Mehaffey, the branch’s principal branch coordinator. Hurricane Isaac, which was downgraded to a tropical storm late on Wednesday night, brought 80-mile-an-hour winds and up to two feet of rain to some areas of Southern Louisiana. Flooding occurred in areas to the north and to the south of most branch members, who were protected from high waters by levees.

In Mobile, Alabama, branch member Donna Ganzarain reported, “We were getting beat up by three days of rain, but we’re all OK. Nobody got flooded out and nobody lost power.” In Biloxi, Mississippi, Dede Schneider said, "We had heavy rain for a few days but it didn't have much negative effect." Community members in Shreveport reported a brief period of intense rain but little disruption as Isaac passed by.

Only five New Orleans branch members left the area because of the storm, reports area coordinator Phil Slattery, and that was simply to avoid anticipated power outages. Phil estimates that about a third of the branch eventually lost electricity before the slow-moving storm ended its three-day stay. “Everybody was looking out for one another,” he says, noting that the Arguses, Coneys and Valerios each hosted branch families who had lost power for a night or two this week.

Downed trees caused much of the interruption in power in New Orleans. John and Christine Barnitz, who had evacuated to their daughter’s home in Georgia, had a large tree fall by their house, but only a few branches fell on the roof, appearing to cause no serious damage.

“In short,” says Phil, “members of our branch suffered only minor damage, for which we can thank the Lord.”


  1. Lisa Tychsen says:

    Dear People of Praise Brothers and Sisters in NOLA Branch--I am praying for ya'll and will ask the Lord to protect you and your homes--and bring back the power soon!!

    In Christ, Lisa Tychsen, PoP NoVA

  2. Sara Arthur says:

    I was praying for you here in Albuquerque. Glad to hear that the Lord protected all of you.

    Sara(Gruenhagen)Arthur, Servant Branch on assignment in NM.

  3. Francis and Barbara Potts says:

    Praise the Lord for his goodness and His protection over your branch.

    You are in our prayers.

    Francis & Barbara Potts
    Corvallis Branch POP

  4. Karen Heintzelman says:

    God bless all of you!

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