Hundreds of people gathered in front of the newly remodeled sanctuary for what I call an EPIC ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, newly appointed interim Police Chief Michael Harrison, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, Congressman Cedric Richmond, about 10 Judges, the Beacon Light International Ministries Pastors, as well as several other Pastors and parishioners looked on as Bishop Darryl S. Brister spoke of the long, yet worth it journey back into the cathedral. "9 is the number of birthing," said Bishop as camera crews from all local news stations filmed. He broke down the reason he chose the colors for the inside of the sanctuary, leaving the original Chinese tile on some areas of the floor as a symbol. "It has been proven that the color blue is most effective in a learning environment. Cream, which is on the inside walls means calmness," he said. The gray carpet on the floor stands for foundation. On this day everything meant something to Bishop Brister, who had come a long journey to get here. Having traveled over 320,000 flight miles between New Orleans and Houston, the Bishop received a Word from the Lord via another Bishop friend of his that "New Orleans was his assignment." It was time to come home.
After going through about 7 lenders, the 8th lender Liberty Bank, who was the initial lender to fund the church before Hurricane Katrina gave way to a 3 million dollar project. I was excited to see the inside of the cathedral. If it was of Bishop's standard, it would have to be 5 star. Indeed it is a 5 Star Ministry. Ready with greeters at the door assisting you, The Beacon Light International Cathedral is back in full swing.
It was a high time of praise and worship as members crowded the sanctuary with excitement. I looked around and it was almost as if the church had never flooded. It was back to it's pre-Katrina standing with hundreds of members there to support. Smiles laced the faces of everyone inside. "God will RESTORE," said Bishop as he spoke to First Lady Dr. Dionne and his children who happened to fly in just in time for the ceremony. 1 Peter 5:10 says, And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
Beacon Light is indeed back, strong and standing on firm foundation. As Bishop said, they are "HERE FOR LIFE!" I'm excited about the future of this ministry.