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Seminary holds its own through Isidore’s rains

NEW ORLEANS (BP)-Seminary students and their families weathered the strong winds and rains of Tropical Storm Isidore safely from the campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

The seminary closed its doors on Sept. 24 and will remain closed until Sept. 27. Most seminarians remained on campus to ride out the storm.

Aside from a few downed tree limbs and basketball goals, there was no major damage reported on campus. Maintenance workers spent the morning of Sept. 26 removing the plywood that protected campus windows.

And while a number of students used the extra days off to catch up on studies, some managed to fellowship through pick-up football games.

Despite the inconveniences of flooded roads and a city-imposed curfew, seminary students weathered the storm with ease.

“I went through the eye of hurricane Andrew,” said Steve Neihaus, a pastoral ministries senior. “This was just a bad thunderstorm.”

“This was my first [tropical storm],” said Kevin Parker, who is in his first year of study for an M.Div. in Christian education. “I’m from Austin, Texas. We don’t get tropical storms. I didn’t worry about this one, though. I did get a lot of calls and e-mails from Texas because people were worried about me.”

Classes were expected to resume on Monday, Sept. 30.
(BP) photo posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo title: SOAKED SEMINARIANS.

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