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 …

Nine Years Later, and I’m Still Not Strong Enough

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“God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.” How many times have you heard it? How many times have you said it? To be honest, it’s all too common around these parts, especially when we’re standing in front of someone walking through some profound tragedy. My story is not unique. At the most basic level, it’s a story of human suffering and God’s redemption of that pain. As a tried and true New Orleans girl, I’ve been marked by the destruction of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It will always be a significant moment, followed by a series of very dark days, a whole new level of introspection and doubt, and ultimately, the Lord pulling me from the darkness. The …

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 …

Mardi Gras Madness – Part 4

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“Mardi Gras is the love of life. It is the harmonic convergence of our food, our music, our creativity, our eccentricity, our neighborhoods and our joy of living. All at once.” – Chris Rose, The Times-Picayune, December 2005 Don’t be deceived – not everyone in the MLab office loves Mardi Gras. While some of us have been working for weeks on finding just the right sequin and feather headband to wear to the parades, others prefer to avoid the chaos that goes hand in hand with Carnival season. But even our staff members who have recently moved to NOLA have given in to the all-important rhythm and beauty of this city, and to be honest, that’s what is really at …

Mardi Gras Madness – Part 3

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Street preaching, sign holding, tract dispersing, cross carrying, conversation engaging – these are all common sights in the city of New Orleans, especially around Mardi Gras time. In addition to the people who inundate our city for “The Greatest Free Show on Earth,” we also have a number of outside and diverse groups coming to engage in evangelism – sharing the story of Christ with those they come across. We’ve talked a little about what Mardi Gras looks like for those of us who live here year-round: parades with marching bands and bejeweled floats, golden coconuts and bedazzled shoes being thrown – I mean “handed” – to people filling the streets, grandstands, and specially-designed ladders. It’s not all one happy-go-lucky …

Mardi Gras Madness – Part 2

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The sun is out, and the sky is the kind of blue you see on postcards. I lean back in my lawn chair that’s been carefully positioned along the parade route and soak in the warmth, the smell of a barbeque pit, the sound of kids laughing next to me and someone playing a trumpet not far away, and I think to myself, “This – this is my New Orleans. This is my Mardi Gras. This is home.” For many visitors to our fair NOLA, Carnival season is a time to escape and become someone else, someone reckless and daring who revels in overindulgence. A trip to New Orleans affords rich food, abundant alcohol, and ample opportunity to partake in …