In just three weeks, our church team will be going to New Orleans on a short-term mission project. I’m sure that you still remember seeing the newspaper pictures and television stories that showed the devastation in there in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Though New Orleans was not even the hardest hit area of the storm, the city experienced the greatest damage due to the high population and breaking of the levees. If you are interested in learning more about the damage, go to http://www.nola.com/katrina/graphics/flashflood.swf and watch video put together by the local newspaper that walks through the storm step by step. Even now, nearly three years after the storm, there are many people who still live every day in this devastation.
As a team, it will be our privilege to enter into that devastation and to help residents of New Orleans rebuild their homes and rebuild their lives. Our trip is from June 28th through July 5th and will include some small construction projects, spiritual and relational ministry at a local alcohol recovery center, and the main event on July 4th: “Feed the Multitudes.”
This means we will have the privilege of serving the people of New Orleans feeding the homeless in partnership with a local church, where they can continue to receive physical and spiritual nourishment after the holiday is over.
(A long line zigzags outside of the food tent at the annual Feed the Multitudes at LaSalle Park in Metairie on the Fourth of July of last year. The event was sponsored by a coalition of local churches, supporting churches, and sponsors.)
While we have a great team in place, we would still appreciate your prayers and will gladly keep you updated throughout the trip. Steve and Kim have set up a special blog to report on our trip.
While you wait for the updates, please pray for:
· Safety and health for all our team members.
· The many details that need to be finalized prior to our departure.
· Unity among the team.
· The churches and ministries in New Orleans with whom we will be partnering.
For the Glory of Christ.