Finally Back Home
It was cold that morning. The wind was blowing pretty hard and being under a tent blocked any warmth the sun was providing. In the pictures, you can see many people wrapped in blankets or wearing toboggans. The first picture is of Justin Fernandez as he leads the congregation in singing and the second is of our new pastor, Kevin Lee, as he preaches.
It was so good to be back in New Orleans. More than ever, I consider it to be my home. As I've said previously, I lived in New Orleans (5 years) longer that I have lived in any other place. I build great friendships there, have received a great education from NOBTS, and have served on staff at Edgewater Baptist Church. I can't wait to return.
I am waiting on FEMA (pause for laughter for those who have shared this experience with me) to place a trailor on Paris Ave right in front of Edgewater's building. I am hopeful that the trailor will be put in place within the next week or so. If not, I still believe I will be back in New Orleans by the first part of March. A friend has offered to let me stay at his apartment when he gets some furniture. The people I've met while in Ft. Worth have been nice to me, but I can't explain why I want to leave here so badly and return home.
My community, Gentilly, is leaps and bounds ahead of other neighborhoods who received similar damage from Katrina. Edgewater is hopeful that we can be part of the rebuilding of our community, as well as to minister to many who would never have given us a thought. There is real excitement in the air that we can have an impact upon our neighbors as we help them gut out and rebuild their homes. Meeting physical needs is the only way they will let us meet spiritual needs. Please pray for Edgewater, for our pastor, and for our Passion Team (for those not familiar with Edgewater, the Passion Team is similar to elders or a planning committee) as they lead in thinking and making decisions concering our future in the Gentilly area.
Also, continue to pray for our city as a whole. 5 1/2 months after Katrina, there are still vast parts of the city that are yet to be touched. Homes are still in the middle of streets, cars are still piled on one another, and people continue to be disappointed with the Federal Government's response. New Orleans will come back, but we pray that it will be quicker than the current pace.
posted by Jason Sampler at 12:31 PM