Our group arrived back in Greenville around 8:30 yesterday evening! We were all exhausted but eager to tell stories of our experiences! We had an amazing week serving God and others and learning more about ourselves!
Here are a few more pictures from the last couple days of our trip:
When I was in New Orleans, I was really touched by how friendly and open
the people of New Orleans are. Miss Connie welcomed us by cooking delicious
meals that were clearly a labor of love, and the people hanging out on their porches
were really friendly. They are a people who truly desire Christian community. Also,
I think that it was pretty awesome how, when we were praying during the cookout
Wednesday night, the old man literally ran to our prayer circle to join us and how
his fellow residents welcomed him in even though they probably didn’t know him.
My question is whether most Christians would be that welcoming to that man. I
think the answer is no. I hope that I’m wrong.
Going into this spring break trip to New Orleans I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I had been on a couple mission trips before and I knew going in that I had a passion for mission work, but I had no idea how much this trip would change who I am. I want to say that putting in hard work on a house that won’t be finished for a while gave me a better work ethic or that God spoke to me in some spectacular way this week by working on this house, but it wouldn’t be true. God showed me that it’s okay to step outside of my comfort zone and talk to people that I normally wouldn’t even consider talking to. Because I was willing to listen to stories I was opened to a new perspective on struggles and seeking God in them. A lot of the people I met in New Orleans didn’t have much but they thanked God for everything, they had a lot taken from them when Katrina came through but they are praising Him in this storm, which is something I find hard to do and I have a lot more than they do. I was extremely blessed by the relationships I got to build with the people in New Orleans and all of the groups that we met that were also there to help.