PREPARING FOR A MISSION TRIP

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It’s hard to believe that 2018 is almost over. Christmas is just a few weeks away and then we start 2019. We are excited about what 2019 holds for us here at MissionLab. We have groups signing up and getting ready to come this spring and summer and we can’t wait for them to get here to see all the ways that God is going to move. One of the many questions that we receive when groups are preparing to come is, “How do we prepare for our trip with MissionLab?” Here at Missionlab, we send materials that we hope will aid our teams in their preparation to serve with us. But there are a few things that we would …

The Risk of Being a Summer Missionary

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Apply to be a summer missionary with MissionLab and you risk the possibility of: poison ivy infested legs, meeting hundreds of incredible individuals every week and saying goodbye to those same individuals at the end of the week, falling in love with the most eccentric city on earth, and having your life changed forever. No big deal…right? Well, for me, it was a big deal—the biggest deal. However, I definitely didn’t realize this when I first applied to be a summer missionary in the summer of 2014. I applied because I knew I had loved working with MissionLab as a camper, but I had never spent my entire summer working at a camp. Nonetheless, I knew it was something I …

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Preparing the Way

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  ‘Tis the season! Sure, it’s the season to be jolly (according to Deck the Halls), but as I was reminded the other day, it’s also a season of preparation. Across the world, this Advent season is a precursor to ringing in the New Year.  People are preparing for all that comes with a new year: lifestyle changes, renewed hope and vision, and maybe finally losing that pesky ten pounds that absolutely plagued your 2016. But let’s take a step back and look at Advent season. Can we prepare for it? If so how should we prepare for it? Advent is a good opportunity to spend some time evaluating your relationship with the Lord. As we reflect on all that Christmas represents, we …

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K10: Lessons from the Storm

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“Ten years ago…” If you know anyone from the Gulf Coast, you’ve probably heard him or her start off a story like that recently. You’ve seen the Facebook posts. You’ve read the editorial columns. A decade has passed since Hurricane Katrina took her toll on this region, washing bare the shores of the coast and turning New Orleans into a bowl of water, grime, and chaos. My stack of stories is extensive. I could share what it was like to be a twenty-one year old who stayed through the storm. I could tell you about the winds howling through the city as the eye of Katrina passed just to the east of us. I could tell you about the immense …

Spring Break, Rounds 2 and 3!

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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) …

Spring Break Week 1!

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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 …

What’s Your Focus?

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This is a guest blog from our Associate Director of Youth and College Programs, Sarah Barnett. Sarah is a New Orleans native who spends too much time drinking coffee and reading BuzzFeed articles.   The leaves don’t change much during a New Orleans autumn. While friends in other parts of the country are beginning to add layers to their outfits, I’m still rocking flip-flops. I force myself to drink the oh-so-beloved pumpkin spice lattes, even though the face-melting heat will linger here until mid-December. Despite the weather, though, the feeling of fall creeps into New Orleans in other ways: the feeling that it’s time to rest, to regroup, time to rethink and reframe. Our theme for the coming MissionLab year is “FOCUS …

Why Do Short-Term Missions?

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Top 5 Reasons to Take a Short-Term Mission Trip 5. Your group will grow closer. Going on a trip is fun! Seeing new things, having new adventures, tasting new foods and experiencing life together draws people closer. 4. You will be stretched. You will see things that you do not see on a regular basis.  You will meet people that you may not talk to in your everyday life.  While the experiences themselves will grow you, having time set aside for the Lord is a growing experience.  Anytime you separate yourself from the day-to-day and push yourself to focus on God and others, you have an opportunity to experience the Lord in new ways. 3. You help long-term missionaries.  Short-term …

Hurricane Isaac Update

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NOTE: Hurricane Isaac made landfall in southeast Louisiana on August 28. Many areas, especially those outside of the city of New Orleans were affected by this storm. The state of Louisiana is divided into parishes, much like counties found in other states. St. John the Baptist Parish is approximately 30 miles from the New Orleans area. Madison Roussel, our MissionLab Administrative Assistant, is from this area originally, and she explains a bit about Isaac’s impact below.  To say the least, St. John the Baptist Parish has suffered some unfortunate events in the recent weeks.  In mid-August, the small community of Laplace was rocked by a series of shootings that left two sheriff’s deputies dead, and two other deputies seriously wounded …