New Orleans Mission Trip Day 4

June 25, 2009

Day 4 began with a later morning. We let the students sleep an extra 30 minutes. We headed to the same worksite we were at yesterday. So today we continued to scrape, paint, and hang drywall. We had a shorter day today so that we could experience New Orleans in the afternoon. While we worked some of the guys continued to talk with Landry. It was great to go around and see exactly what we had painted and how much progress we had made on the two houses. After cleaning up we headed over to Fridella’s house, where we ate lunch.

On the menu again was Honey Baked Ham sandwiches. This time it was Roast Beef on Ciabatta bread. The students have really loved having these sandwiches all week. You would think that they might groan about having sandwiches all week, but instead it is something they have looked forward to. Today we were able to give some sandwiches to Landry and his family. Following lunch we gathered around Fridella and Landry, lay hands on them, and pray over them.

We came home and cleaned up for our day around town. Everyone went together to the Aquarium and we greatly enjoyed seeing all the fish, sharks, seahorses, and more. It seemed that everyone had a really good time. We broke into groups and went around the French Quarter seeing the sites of New Orleans. I’m not sure what every group did, so you will have to ask them when you see them. We gathered back together at Cafe Du Monde and enjoyed Beignets.

Back at the hotel we had our devotional. We talked about Psalm 23 and 24 and how the Psalmist when writing 23 changes tenses about God. From the version I was reading and every version I have except for The Message it starts with God being talked about in third person until the author begins talking about the valley and changes the tense to the end to second person making the relationship during trouble more intimate than the protection or path-clearing God in the beginning. Also in Psalm 24 we find that the King of Glory is the Lord Almighty. As we serve in his name he clears the path for us and leads the way, while standing close in the troubling times, and in the end we serve the Lord Almighty who is the King of Glory.

Tomorrow we have been given the task to gut a house. It will be a messy tough experience, but one where we will truly understand the devastation of this storm and how God makes all things new.

Please continue to pray for Nicole from our first day at the cemetery, Fridella, Jeaneva (Fridella’s mom), Landry, Tyrie, and Sean from the second and third day of work, and for our work we will endure tomorrow and the people we might encounter. We appreciate your prayers and I have been reporting to the students when one of you mentions that you are praying for us in response to the facebook or this blog. We are a mighty force together linked through the Holy Spirit.

-Mercer

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