"I've been going to Beacon Light since I was 12 years old. It's been in my life all of my life," said Beacon Light member Shantel Mitchell. The church has been shuttered since Hurricane Katrina.
The sanctuary was left in ruins. The rest of the building was tattered. The head of the church says it all worked to create an incredible testimony.
"It's been a time and a season of judgment," said Bishop Darryl Brister. "It's been a time and a season of finality. It's been a time and a season to give birth."
And Beacon Light has been given new life. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says that even though it's taken nine years to for the church to be rebuilt, on this anniversary of Hurricane Katrina it's a symbol of a community revived.
"As I stand here with you I want you to keep in your heart that God's delay is not his denial," Landrieu said.
As for Shantel Mitchell, she is one of the many members who are rejoicing over the church's long-awaited reopening
"I'm so glad this day has come. I am overjoyed that we are at this moment right now to say that we are home," she said.