Utility problems delay NOBTS reopening (updated Sept. 9)
    September 5 2008 by Gary D. Myers, Baptist Press

    NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) offices and classes were set to open today (Sept. 9).

    Classes throughout the seminary system were cancelled through Monday due to power problems on the main campus and two tropical systems nearing the East Coast. This cancellation included all NOBTS hub and extension center sites with the exception of the Jackson, Miss., undergraduate center.

    According to seminary President Chuck Kelley, Hurricane Gustav caused major damage to electric supply lines bringing power into the city. The damage will prevent seminary families from returning as originally planned.

    "Those of us who live and study on the campus of NOBTS have so much to be grateful for," said Kelley on the NOBTS web site. "God preserved our city and campus. The new design of our hurricane protection was tested and held firm." We also have been reminded to cherish the "normal" rhythms of our weeks at Seminary.

    "Our whole seminary family did an exceptionally good job of dealing with the evacuation," he wrote in a message on the seminary's web site last week. "We are asking for your cooperation and patience as we deal with this challenge."

    Kelley said there were no plans to evacuate for Hurricane Ike because forecasters were still tracking the storm westward. But the seminary president encouraged faculty and students to pray for those in the path of Ike as well as those who have already been hit by Ike and other storms.

    "We also have been reminded to cherish the 'normal' rhythms of our weeks at Seminary,' he wrote.

    9/5/2008 6:56:00 AM by Gary D. Myers, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
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