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GC in NOLA Spring Break 2015

Posted Friday, March 20th, 2015

Thursday is the last full day of work. The heat has taken its toll on us this week. Most of us have gotten a bit sunburned, but that’s a small price for all the great sun and blue sky. Work has been very good and we have met many great people. Here are a few photos from today.

We started off the morning with a wonderful breakfast and reflection on God’s word.  Our devotion covered Matthew 28:19-20. We talked about how to prepare our hearts as disciples of Christ. Then we  split up into our teams. The team I am on is tearing off old siding on a house. We have all been using a lot of  fun power tools (i.e., a reciprocal saw and a nail gun). The family that resides in the home we are working on is very hospitable. Today we were treated to Muffaletta sandwiches. They were absolutely delicious.

The leaders here at Reach Global talked to us about how God is already working here. This was evident to me by the community within the neighborhood  radiating Christ’s love. From sharing stories about Katrina to being told that “I now have a family in New Orleans,” I have experienced a deep connection to the neighborhood.  Also, I have seen God’s love within the Greenville College Community I am here with. I have had several encouraging conversations with other team members, which have resulted in a lot of new friendships. The team leaders and the Reach Global leaders have all impacted our team as examples of mature discipleship. Overall, this experience has been a huge blessing and has been life changing for me.  I am so glad God led me to be a part of this team and serve the Lord.

Written by Holly Pianfetti

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GC in NOLA Spring Break 2015 – day 5

Posted Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 Tagged:

Wednesday means more work for the team, again in three locations. Enjoy these photos and reflections.

I can’t believe it is Wednesday already and the work week is over halfway through. The time here is flying by! Today, some of the groups split up to go to a new work site: Rock Molina’s house. I had the privilege of joining this group to do some demo on this house. The Molina’s lost their home and everything in it to a fire toward the end of last year. Driving up to this house, I was immediately saddened. Looking around at the ash, I found a toy car, and thought about all the memories that this house probably held. Besides ash and ruins, there wasn’t much left of the house except the wood framing. However, after talking to the owner of the house, Rock, my perspective of the ruins changed. He explained how he was just blessed that all of his family got out of the house safely and how God knew the stress his family was under, and this fire actually relieved stressed. He knows God is working in his life and that this fire was all His plan. So, even though it seemed like a tragedy, my group got to have a little fun with the job. With sledgehammers in hand, we starting busting apart the stone fireplace, demolishing walls, and tearing down lots of burnt wood. It was a great time to make my group of all girls, besides the intern, Ryan, feel powerful. I actually had a blast busting up the concrete and kicking through walls. We learned new skills and got to have great conversations while we worked as well. The work day ended with a cookout of delicious burgers with our whole team and a conversation about internship opportunities. Afterwards, we were also entertained by some people using odd and ends from the warehouse to put on a little musical show, as well as some dancing and great laughter. Today was a great day and I really felt God’s working and watching over our team. We are so blessed.
Written By: Emily Kaiser

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GC in NOLA Spring Break 2015 – day 4

Posted Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 Tagged:

Tuesday was another full day of work here in NOLA. The team continues to work in 3 locations. Here are a few photos from Tuesday.

On Tuesday March 17, we worked on Miss Wincfus’ house that was suffering from deterioration due to water damage and termites. We had to jack up the whole house from underneath to replace rotting wood on the framing. So, I got down and dirty and joined Mark Manning, our job site supervisor, under the house to accomplish this. After much sawing, tearing, and replacing we finally got new pieces of wood under the house to support it thoroughly. Then, I got to use the nail gun to make the new pieces sturdy enough to withstand almost anything. It’s been cool getting to know the staff, community, and the power tools. Miss Wincfus and her son, Renee are too generous: Wincfus cooked us food, and Renee helped working on the house. They have made us a part of their lives. We appreciate everything they did for us. On our prayer walk, we ran into three guys who shared with us their experience about Katrina and how it affected their lives. They moved out, but returned about three years later because they couldn’t stay away from the community. I have been blessed with this opportunity to share God’s love by participating in mission work in a way that I had never done before. This has been a great experience, and I’ve learned a lot from the community and their sense of appreciation for life.

Written by: Jack Jack Attack

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GC in NOLA Spring Break 2015 – day 3

Posted Monday, March 16th, 2015 Tagged:

Monday is the first day of work for the team. We divided into groups to work in four locations around New Orleans. Here are a few highlights – Starting off with a wonderful breakfast, and morning devotion, we were ecstatic to see what out first day in the mission-field of the City would be like! We joined different team leaders and gathered our supplies needed for the various tasks’ we were assigned. My team and I finally arrived to our job site, tools in hand! We were able to dispose of a great amount of debris and start the process of breaking down some old concrete.  I had the privilege of working at a job site where there were many people out enjoying the weather throughout the neighborhood. About 5 minutes later I found myself talking with one of the residence about the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and how it took just about everything she worked for. Then, I began to get filled with so much joy and happiness as she shared her testimony and spent a great deal talking about Jesus Christ. I had such a blast in just that short amount of time! My day was absolutely complete! We began working more on our project and evening time soon came. We gathered all of our materials and headed back to camp. We had such a wonderful dinner prepared for us by the ReachGlobal staff. Upon completion of our meal, we watched a video about mission-ministry. We applied it to ourselves, applied it our expectations, and even thought about how we could kingdom-build effectively as workers for Christ. Today was an amazing first day! I can’t wait to see what other amazing opportunities come about throughout the rest of the week! God has really shown himself and I’m more than excited to see what’s to come!

Written by: Vandes Jackson

 

 

 

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GC in NOLA Spring Break 2015 – day 2

Posted Sunday, March 15th, 2015 Tagged:

Today is Sunday, so the agenda is church, food and rest. These pictures tell the story pretty well.

Today was a day of introduction and exploring.  We started the day off with worship service at Trinity Evangelical Free Church.  The sermon was about pain and the different types of pain and how we need to trust that God will hear our prayers and help us get through our trials.  After church we went to eat at a restaurant called The Beach House.  It is home to the three pound, monster of a burger.  It was delicious.  Many of us tried crawfish for the fist time as well.  It was a lot better than expected.  After we all finished eating we walked down to the city park on Lake Pontchartrain.  I struggled a little after eating that hulk of a burger.  It was a beautiful sunny day with a nice cool breeze.  We all got in a little football throwing.  What was cool was we even had a couple local kids that came and played with us.  They had a blast! We loved getting to know them a little bit.  Their names were Mark and Stewart.  I learned how much of an influence you can have on a kid with just a 15-20 minute interaction.  After we left the beach we went back to the warehouse and most of us took part in some friendly/crazy basketball.  Then later in the evening we had our official orientation.  We learned why we are really here in New Orleans.  It’s not just to build or fix houses.  We are hear to spread God’s love and share His grace with people all around us.  I thought it was particularly special to get to share that love at the park with Mark and Stewart, even on our “free day.” Now we all get to get up early in the morning and get the week started.  I can’t Wait!!

Written by: Mike Hutsell

 

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