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Jason Sampler
New Orleans, Louisiana

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B.A. History Education, SWOSU
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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Update from New Orleans

Internet access is still few and far between for me, so updates are slow in coming. Let me start by saying Monday was absolutely the most stressful day of my life. Plans changed at the last minute and we received and extra 60 college students who were ready to work. The problem was they didn't have any tools and we had no idea they were coming. Everything worked out and the day got much better after lunch. It's been a stressful week, but I've loved coordinating mission groups to do ministry in New Orleans.

We had six groups work specifically with our church this week. An awesome group from the Coast Guard Academy worked very hard. A group of middle aged men from Kansas City were a real encouragement. The Mercer University BSU were diligent workers. Two InterVarsity groups (Boston and Florida) provided some needed humor. A BSU from Memphis did all that I asked, and more. I don't have the final numbers calculated, but I'm pretty sure these groups gutted out approximately 20 houses this week. This means 20 families are one step closer to rebuilding their homes or selling them and starting over. In addition, yesterday one group was passing out flyers in the neighborhood. They shared the gospel with a guy who was working on cleaning up his sister's house. They shared the gospel with him and he made a commitment to follow Jesus. He had been thinking about it for awhile, but never thought it was the right time. Yesterday was the right time for him.

I have spoken with countless people on the phone in the last week. So many have expressed gratefulness for our help. Many ask what we charge and are shocked to hear our work is free. Someone came to our community cook-out last night and filled out a card saying he was interested in knowing about spiritual things. It is exciting times at Edgewater Baptist Church. Will you join us?

As I've said before, we are the only viable Southern Baptist church, and the only evangelical church, in about a 3 mile radius. We are reaching out to our community like never before. We would love to establish partnerships with as many churches as would be willing to help.

Some have asked about coming to New Orleans to help. I am in the process (as per my friend's suggestion) of creating a one page 'information packet' on our needs, our wants, and your opportunities to join us. If you or your church is interested, or you know someone who may be interested in a mission trip to New Orleans, please email me. Include your name, phone number, and church information. I will call you as soon as I am able and we can begin the journey of exploring if serving in New Orleans is a viable missions opportunity for your church or college group.

Until next time,
Serving Christ together,

posted by Jason Sampler at 3:20 PM


Blogger cks said...

I suggest a PDF for instant availability.

11:21 AM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger D.R. said...

Yeah, give it up for those great, hard-working, Memphians! And we play some pretty great b-ball to boot. Go Tigers!

8:59 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Vicki A. Davis said...

I e-mailed you offline but you may want to set up a wiki at wikispaces to make pages that you and the other Baptists in new orleans can update. We can restrict who can edit the pages by e-mail address.

I can help you from here in Georgia if you need it. It is very easy, Let me know! (I taught kids to do it so I can help you if you need it!)

3:31 PM, March 11, 2006  
Blogger Jeff Richard Young said...

Father, please bless Jason and his church today as they worship and minister. Please help Jason to serve in the power of the Spirit and the truth of the Word.


2:40 AM, March 12, 2006  
Anonymous Jonathan Watson said...

I'm excited to hear that things are going so well. You are in my prayers. Stay strong in the work.



1:23 PM, March 20, 2006  
Blogger Jenny said...

We are so excited to see/hear what is going on there! Our hearts are still with Edgewater, and we appreciate the spirit of the church body. I can't wait to hear more.

--The Riddles

10:33 AM, March 21, 2006  

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