One of the most powerful experiences I’ve had in ministry was our mission trip last year to New Orleans. While there, we completely gutted a house that had been ravaged by the hurricanes (and looked and smelled like it hadn’t been touched since!). Our group spent the whole week carrying out all the family’s belongings, tearing down drywall, and pulling out nails. When we left, the house was nothing but a frame with some siding.
Now, a year later, we are returning to New Orleans to continue our relief work. This time, we’ll be staying in a church and helping that church rebuild their sanctuary and other buildings. You can follow along with the by checking this blog.
We have 26 people going this year, including a lot of first-timers. I’ll be interested to see their reaction when they witness first-hand what we saw last year. It sure made us appreciate all our blessings here in Illinois. We take too much for granted these days: working arms and legs, running water, air conditioning. These are blessings, pure and simple, and they can be taken from us in a moment’s notice. I hope this year’s trip is as meaningful as last year’s, and I pray that we are able to do some good in God’s name. Please pray for us!