NOLA 2017

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My summer travels have come to an end. On Wenesday, I got back from a mission trip/choir tour to New Orleans, Louisiana and that was my last big summer event. I had so much fun!

We left for New Orleans on Friday afternoon and got there pretty late that night. The next day we arrived at Lakeshore Church for training and orientation which I really enjoyed! The church planter/pastor we were working with told us about some of his own background, about NOLA, and some of what we would be doing that week and how we should do it.

WHAT WE DID//

Our youth choir has been working on a certain set of songs for a few months and were given the opportunity to go on ” choir tour” to New Orleans! We got to work with one of our former seminary interns who is working with a church ” replant” called Lakeshore Church!

  • door-to-door, handing out flyers advertising the concert we were having the next morning at Lakeshore
  • doing spiritual surveys with people in a park
  • performed Sunday morning @ Lakeshore
  • performed at an assisted living home
  • volunteered at the local Salvation Army
  • performed at Jackson Square in the French Quarter
  • played and put on a Backyard Bible Study for the kids in a Guatemalan community near Lakeshore

WHAT I LEARNED//

  • don’t discriminate or judge a book by its cover. Don’t be afraid to talk to people just because you think they look or act different. No one is ” too far gone.”
  • Just like I started learning in NYC, God is sovereign over all and also cares for all
  • We need to be content. God’s will and His ways are higher than ours. So just because what you thought should happen didn’t, doesn’t mean it was all in vain. We need to be content to serve in any way we can.
  • God is so loving and generous to His children who are intent on following Him. I saw how much God has blessed and provided for Lakeshore and I’m so grateful.
  • Even though we don’t see the fruits of our labor immediately, doesn’t mean there won’t be fruit.

WHAT I MISS//

  • I miss Lakeshore so, so much! I really love that church! Just the sense of community and the love of Christ with the strong, sound teaching in that church just has captured my heart!
  • Being surrounded by my friends and brothers and sisters all the time! Getting to laugh and talk with them 🙂
  • Experiencing a new city and lifestyle

I’d have to say my 3 favorite parts of the trip were…

  1. Church at Lakeshore on Sunday morning
  2. Deepening relationships with others
  3. Playing with the kids in the Guatemalan community

Also, I really enjoyed singing in the French Quarter! Throughout the trip, we were able to do a few ” touristy” things such as a swamp tour, eating beignets at Cafe Du Monde, and visiting the World War II museum. Overall, it a fantastic trip and experience; I wish I could’ve stayed longer! And of course, I’m so thankful to the Lord and to the people who prayed and gave so I was able to go!

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