Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New Orleans

Our Spring Break trip to New Orleans was so much fun. John and I feel blessed that we were entrusted with 16 amazing students to lead and share the experience with.
We did various service projects throughout the week. We did some gutting on one house, rebuilding on another and worked at a elementary school.
My favorite part was working with the kids. 1st and 3rd graders needed to take standardized tests and so it was our job to accompany teachers and moms on field trips with four year olds.

The collage has some of my favorite pictures from our field trip endeavors. The other pic to the left is the two kids that I watched for two days. TreVaughn and LeCynthia. They were precious but I was more exhausted after chasing them around a zoo than I was tearing down sheet rock in our gutted house.

We spent a couple of nights downtown on or near Bourbon Street and the Super Dome. It was incredible to be standing in a spot that was flooded past the roofs of buildings. We appreciated the tour of the city given by an elder of the church we were staying at.
We walked around Bourbon street wanting to start conversations with people and brought money along to buy some dinners for the homeless of New Orleans. We walked away with some stories of the flood, history of the city and a desire to see the Lord work on the hearts of men, women and children.

Our final day we were tourists to the max. We had some beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde. The food was great, the service was horrible.
Then we took a river boat cruise that fed us some southern cooking. Gumbo, fried chicken, red beans and rice and bread pudding. However, I was perplexed by the lack of sweet tea.

The rest of the day was spent walking up and down the streets, watching break dancing shows, looking at antiques, and declining offers to buy silly tshirts and beads. If only they had some reeboks with the straps, I might have taken them up on the offer.

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