New Orleans Begins

We’ve made it!  Ten months of prayer, preparation and planning culminate today.  Our youth mission team has arrived on the campus of New Orleans Baptist Seminary to spend the week with Mission Lab sharing the Good News of Jesus.  Our 49 team members from the Crash of Ebenezer will be going in three different directions tomorrow.  Two teams will be leading sports camps at local parks for children while team three paints the exterior of a house for a senior adult gentleman.  In the afternoon the sports camp teams will also be serving at a local food pantry.  

Tonight as we began our week, the camp pastor spoke on the theme for the week, “Simmer.”  Simmer is a familiar term in New Orleans cuisine… especially in how they cook gumbo.  To simmer something means to slowly cook it.  You can’t microwave a good gumbo.  You have to be patient.  Likewise in our walk with Christ we should simmer on the Gospel.  Faith is not about quick answers, short cuts and the fast way.  It’s a process.  My prayer for this week is that the heart of our students and leaders will take time away from the norm and “simmer” a bit on the Good News.  That as we KNOW Him more, we can be better prepared to make Him KNOWN.

** The cross has been passed so far from Chandler to Ross and tonight from Ross to Reed.

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