My House is Condemned???
They have been a great group, in spite of the constant school-boy pranks :). They originally came down to gut out houses in our community. On the first day, they were blown away by the tremedous devestation. At lunch that day, one guy said it was so difficult he couldn't discuss it amongst us or he would start crying. That afternoon the group came to our church to help us finish hanging sheetrock. I guess they spent a lot of time thinking up pranks to pull because it's taken them 3.5 days to finish sheetrocking the church! What a bunch of slow-pokes!
Tonight we are going to celebrate their flexibility. We are going out to eat at one of the great New Orleans resteraunts, New Orleans Food and Spirits. It's close to the lake and they have the best crawfish and corn soup I've ever eaten! Thanks so much to the NC group for all of your efforts.
[Update: we went to dinner before I could finish the post. I'm back from the restaraunt and I only have one thing to say. The flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina messed up most of New Orleans, but the crawfish and corn soup at Food and Spirits tastes as great as ever!!!]
On a side note, let me say something about my thoughts on blogging and the SBC. Some have cautioned me about the contents of my blog, warning me that what I put in print might cost me later. There is much wisdom in such advice. There is much about blogging for which I am still very naive. I didn't even know what a blog was until November. Nevertheless, I recklessly entered the blogosphere in November and have met some very wonderful men and women over these last seven months. Let me make something very clear: As a direct result of my blogging, there are at least 3 churches that have made commitments to come serve in New Orleans this summer, specifically through Edgewater Baptist Church. If those three churches are impacted by what they see in our neighborhoods and go back to recruit other churches, then I will be more than pleased with the impact of this blog. The SBC is responding to the need in New Orleans but it is still not enough. We need more help to meet the needs of our community. Won't you inquire about bringing a group to New Orleans?
posted by Jason Sampler at 4:00 PM