Saying Goodbye to New Friends: NOLA Mission Trip Day 7

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It is amazing to me how close we have come to feel with the staff of ReachGlobal Crisis Response and the other volunteers that we have served alongside this past week.  Doing intensive ministry and sweating like crazy has a way of bonding you to other believers at a very deep level in a short amount of time.  We will miss our new friends and we pray for their ongoing efforts to rebuild New Orleans by rebuilding homes and sharing the love of Christ. 

Friday morning we spent time debriefing the week talking about what God did in and through us this week.  Then, we headed off to the job sites for half a day of work before returning to the Warehouse where we have been staying to clean up.  After cleaning up we headed back into the city to spend some time together as a team experiencing the Lower 9th Ward and the French Quarter.  We were blessed to be led by Arielle, one of the relational ministry staff members of ReachGlobal Crisis Response who lives in and loves on the city of New Orleans.  We had an enjoyable time together as a team, though it was a late night.  Now, it is 6:54am on Saturday and I am about to wake the guys so we can get packed up and clean the Warehouse and begin our 2 day journey back to Barron County, WI. 

I hope to share a few more updates next week once we are back home, so stay tuned.  Thanks again to all of you who supported us in prayer and financially.  We believe God used us not only to help move forward the long-term work going on here, but He also used us to bless the staff of ReachGlobal Crisis Response.  I know God did some things in my own heart as well and I trust that everyone on the team was impacted by this time of ministry.  May God receive all the glory and may we become more and more passionate about sharing the greatest news of all time: though we were dead in our sin, God rescued us through Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection. 

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