It seems we've spent more time out of our house than in it. Bright and early Sunday morning (don't forget friends, daylight savings resumes Saturday night/sunday morning!), we'll board up a couple of church vans and drive all the way to New Orleans for Mission Lab. We're taking a group of 25 middle/high school/college/adults and i'm truly excited for this experience.
By now, we all know that I've never been to New Orleans. We drove around NOLA on the way to Atlanta in January, which is the closest I've ever come. So, I'm really excited to see and experience a new place. Of course I've heard that NOLA is a foodie mecca, so I'm looking forward to some goooooooood (advo-approved!) eats! We'll also be taking in a Hornets NBA game while we're there. I'm not really much of a basketball fan and honestly had no idea who the Hornets were when Jordan first mentioned this, but I do think that pro/college sporting events are always really fun, especially when paired with a couple dozen students. They can liven anything up!
Mission Lab is a week long camp that's hosted by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. We'll stay on campus and they'll feed us and have a worship service each evening. They also set up ministry projects throughout the city of New Orleans, so that during the day, we're serving the city and it's residents in many different ways. Our group will specifically be doing yard clean up in the 9th Ward, homeless ministry and nursing home ministry. How many folks can say that they spent their spring break serving Christ in the city of NOLA?? I'm stoked!
Jordan and I would greatly appreciate your prayers over our group next week. Prayers for good health, safety in travel and while in NOLA, unity in our team, patience with each other, extra energy for those hot days outdoors, and opportunities to share the love of Christ with others.
We'll be back on Saturday (17th) and I promise a full report!