Update from 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