The trip was coordinated through MissionLab, out of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. This particular week had about 400 people descending on the city to provide various services. Our group held a Vacation Bible School at an apartment complex, and worked to clear a lot in the Lower 9th Ward.
- It took me about 4 minutes to find a child I wanted to bring home with me from VBS. Derrick was three, and he pronounces "blue" as "plue." Love.
- He did not come home with me, in part because Hubby gets another puppy for any new children I decide we need.
- I was the snack lady for VBS. Shocking, right? I did not wear a hairnet and I didn't serve anything with "surprise" in the name. Orange slices were the big hit. And I'm going to buy stock in goldfish crackers.
- On day 2, the Bible story was about the woman who washed Jesus' feet with expensive oil, and wiped them with her hair. As they watched our kids acting out the scene,the "ewwwws" from the girls in the class were predictable when the story said she kissed his feet. "Don't do it!" Then it was their turn to have their feet washed by our sweet Cassye. She showed them what a servant truly is, and it made an impact. A few minutes later, as we expected to move on to the next activity, these same girls insisted that they wash Cassye's feet. While they may not have known every implication, they got enough of the love she was showing to give it back to her. We go to minister, and are ministered to.
- The 9th Ward lot we worked on was directly across from the levee wall that broke first during Katrina. On our first day, I found a newspaper under some debris. The date: October 19, 2010. That's my daughter's birthday.
|Days 1, 2 and 3 on the Lot: Mostly taken from the same angle, looking away from the levee wall, toward the back of the lot.|
|VBS group on Friday - in the rain, in the pool!|
[Shout out to Pam for the pic!]