Some of my favorite souvenirs to pick up when I travel are postcards. I tend to buy a stack wherever I go, and I always have the best intentions of jotting down a few lines on each and mailing them to my friends and family back home. Unfortunately, I also tend to get so caught up in the trip itself that I forget to take a few minutes to write/address/mail said postcards, and I always end up bringing them home and mailing them a few weeks after I get back (if I even remember to do that!).
That’s kind of what the past few weeks at MissionLab have felt like. We’ve been moving nonstop, and in the hubbub and (mostly) organized chaos of it all, it’s been hard to pause for a few minutes and actually tell everyone just what we’ve been doing. So here is our postcard to you from three fantastic weeks of spring break ministry at MLab:
Our team has welcomed and worked with more than 600 volunteers from across the U.S. Just in the past two weeks, our teams have served at 25 different sites around New Orleans! Story after story has been shared with us about how lives have been changed – the lives of the people here in NOLA, as well as the lives of people who have come here to serve.
None of the work has been grandiose – this isn’t “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” We know, though, that the work our groups do is just as important. MLab teams have spent time caring for people here in NOLA, loving on them and sharing hope. They’ve offered a helping hand to those living on the margins, and they’ve done it for the cause of Christ.
I’m so proud of the groups that we’ve met over the past three weeks. They have served and loved and been the hands and feet of Jesus here in NOLA, and it’s such a privilege to be a part of that. I’m also so proud of the MLab crew – my fellow staffers have worked tirelessly over the past few months, and it’s been awesome to see how God has used each of them in this crazy, exhausting, exhilarating ministry.
When I think back on the past few weeks, the people who have come through our doors, and the MLab family I serve alongside, I just can’t help but be reminded of Paul’s greeting to the church in Philippi: “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”
Much thanks to our teams from Calvary Baptist Church, Central Baptist Church, Cypress Baptist Church, Family Baptist Church, FBC Eau Gallie, FBC Oviedo, Grace Community School, Liberty Baptist Church, Lutheran Campus Ministry, and Mountain Community Church.