I had an amazing time in NOLA with our Grace Bible’s Mission Trip Group. To be able to go sightseeing with such a fun group, enjoying the artistic richness of this city, was a joyful event. We had spent long hours on the drive over to NOLA, but we were still at the very surface of getting to know one another. It was a blessing that we were able to meet and make new friends as we were getting to learn more about one another. I pray our friendships will continue to grow in Christ Jesus.
Woking alongside everyone associated with ReachGlobal and getting to know the homeowner of the house we were assigned to paint was extremely inspirational. Shout Out to Dorinda Bogran for getting us settled in, to Ernie and Jessica Schutte for being so cool, to Bud and Lois Riska for making me feel at home, to George and Sylvia Fleetwood for being so kind, to Ryan Kling for sharing your story and leading us with great humility, to Gabby Hosick (AKA: Strawberry) for wooing all of us into your arms with laughter and honesty, to Mallory Wendling for your encouragement to serve with your overflowing compassion, to Victoria Davis for sharing your story and leading on our last day with such grace, to Jessica Przybylski for sharing your story and opening up your heart to us, to Tristan Grecu for your high-caliber style of teaching and of course your sense of humor, to Bailea Barwick for your genuine hospitality and your ability to spread light through your smile. I pray for God’s will to continue in all of your precious lives.
Building a relationship with the homeowners made everything worthwhile. It was a delight to meet Samson “Skip” Alexander, his daughter Joanne Alexander, and his niece Keisha Lockett. I learned that after Katrina, it took this family about two years to return to their home. Samson shared the devastation he witnessed and how grateful he is to still have his family. Joanne and Keisha shared how the comforts of everyday life such as being able to bath and sleep in a comfortable bed, in the privacy of a home, was lost after Katrina. Gratefulness, poured out of our hearts as we held hands and prayed together for all that God has provided and continues to provide in our lives.
LEARN BABY LEARN are words spoken by a true intellectual man. If you would like to learn more about Samson “Skip” Alexander, I encourage you to Google his name and LEARN BABY LEARN. It was an honor and privilege to listen and pray along side Skip. May God continue to place people in my life that lead me to open a book and or use my cell phone for educational purpose. I’m sure this would include scrolling through Samson’s Facebook page.
The Outcry New Orleans concert was beyond my heart’s desire! Being able to give praise and worship alongside numerous fellow Christians is so uplifting to one’s soul! I pray that our vertically lifted hands may also extend horizontally in serving one another through Christ. Heavenly Father, thank you for leading me in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. To God be the Honor and Glory!
I could never have imagined the boundaries God would break down in order to bring us closer together. It was a blessing to share how the grace of God has brought healing into our lives. What a glorious feeling it is to know that we are God’s righteousness in Christ Jesus. Holy Spirit you are welcomed in our lives. I pray for God to continue bringing us closer together and leading us to bring others into this beautiful body of Christ.