This past Sunday at church, the minute for mission was about One Great Hour of Sharing. One of the organizations that this special offering, held at Easter-time, supports is Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. That immediately brought to mind a mission trip that our young adults group went on in March 2008 (back when we still were young adults....now there are younger adults, and we have a new name). Two and a half years after Hurricane Katrina, and there was still a need for relief volunteers. I think this trip was the first time that I had done national disaster relief. This summer, when I go to Joplin, MO on the high school mission trip, will probably be my second time. That trip was the first and only time I've been to Louisiana.
I pulled out my travel journal from this trip. I don't know that I've looked at it in the four years since I went on this trip. I didn't write as much as I sometime do. I'm going to blame it on the heat, humidity and manual labor. Some of the memories:
- Sleeping in pods
- Houses marked with an X
- Girl scouts bringing us cookies in the volunteer village
- Meeting a volunteer named Seth who also grew up in Janesville, WI!
- Moving 40 donated doctor's exam tables
- Drinking "slurpees" in the French Quarter
- Dinner at the ACME Oyster House
- Coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde
- Being a "blue shirt"
- Learning that gumbo represents 7 different cultures
- Going on a disaster tour
- Wielding a crow bar like I was on Extreme Makeover Home Edition
- Stuffed sweet potato french toast (if only I had the recipe!!!)
To learn about One Great Hour of Sharing, check out this video