This week a mosquito the size of my fist attacked me, and I nearly lost the MissionLab truck in a particularly deep pothole. Sometimes New Orleans is not an easy place to love.
Thankfully, this week has also been filled with nine amazing spring break teams who have, despite the gargantuan bugs and atrocious streets, loved this city and the MLab staff well. They have sorted canned goods at food pantries, cleaned gutters for senior citizens, cleaned up blighted lots, shared the gospel with students on several college campuses in the city, and prayed over playgrounds, schools, churches, and street corners.
On top of it all, these groups have also blessed and encouraged our staff as we continue serving here day in, day out. Essentially, our first week of spring break teams have done whatever they could to be the hands and feet of Christ this week, and it’s been a privilege to witness it.
The people of New Orleans and the MissionLab staff have been so blessed by these groups this week. We can’t wait to see how the rest of spring unfolds!Probably the most encouraging part of the week has been seeing groups really live out a day-to-day love for the people around them. The work we do at MLab is everyday type of ministry – simple actions that are rarely glamorous, and our groups this week have done an incredible job going the extra mile for everyone they’ve come across. For some teams, that meant prayer walking one more block and coming across a pastor in need of encouragement. For others, it meant helping a homeowner insulate her house, even though their original project was much simpler. Whatever the task has been, our groups have taken it in stride and done it well in the name of Christ.
Much thanks to our teams from Bedias Baptist Church, Curtis Baptist School, FBC Barnesville, FBC Rockport, FBC Wylie, Pecan Grove Baptist Church, Perkinsville Baptist Church, Rhea’s Mill Baptist Church, and Second Baptist Church of Baytown.