New Orleans Mission Trip – Day 3

Lights on at 6:00 a.m., devotions, breakfast, good hygiene…all part of early morning on the mission trip.

a good start to the day

On the way to the site, and the team is eager to get started.

we're on our way to the site!

Across the street, one house has been repaired, the one next to it is not. You see this same scenario street after street.

unloading supplies

The frame around the fireplace was rotted from water damage during the hurricane.

fireplace repair

Noah climbed down into the chimney to replace rotted framing.

Noah in the chimney

drywall for the chimney

Our team members have servants’ hearts. No job is too dirty, too hard, or too tiring to tackle.

cleaning the fireplace

Lunch break. The weather has been lovely, with temperatures in the lower 70s.

waiting for lunch

I’m hungry….

Brooke shows how hungry she is

The first sheet of drywall goes up.

first piece of sheet rock

While waiting for supper, the team members look at yesterday’s pictures.

a picture of looking at pictures

After a supper of noodles and spaghetti sauce, garlic bread, Italian green beans, and Pear-Walnut Salad, the crew enjoyed a Kings’ Cake, the traditional cake that celebrates the coming of the wise men to worship the Christ Child, the season of Epiphany.

Kings' Cake

After a time of devotions and prayer, we were entertained by Adam and Shane with a brand new rap song. You’ll have to ask for a command performance!

Po' Boy raps

Please continue to pray for us. Pray for stamina and strength to do the necessary work, pray that the team is able to minister in a way the shows Christ’s love, and pray for Gloria who will go through a wide range of emotions as she watches her home take shape.

Good night, all! ~~Rhonda

We all join together for devotions after supper. I will post them after each day’s update.

Monday’s Devotion / Luke 17:7-10

After reading this passage, consider what it means to be a servant. What does it look like for you to be a servant?

Also to consider in this passage is what Christ means when he says we are unworthy because we have only done what was our duty. What do you think that means?

What does it meant to be worthy? Is it possible to be worthy?

I want us to take a little time each day this week to reflect on what it means to serve for God’s glory. Reflect on what you have learned about yourself, about serving, about your brothers and sisters, about God, about His Word, and how you have seen God glorified today.

Take some time in prayer to cry out to God in thanksgiving for all that Christ has done for you. Ask God to show you how to serve as Christ served and to give you visible opportunities even this week for such service. Pray that God will open your heart and teach things about Himself that you never thought to consider. Pray that this week will refresh your spirit and grow your faith.


  1. phyllis
    Posted November 4, 2008 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    I happened on your link while looking for Christmnas garlands for a Photoshop project. I live just outside New Orleans, and was born and raised in one of the hardest-hit areas of the city. It breaks my heart to see the destruction of my beloved city, but I thank God every day for folks like you and your church group who come in and help us rebuild. Thank you from the bottom of our collective “Yat” hearts, and God bless!!!!!!!!

  2. ~~Rhonda
    Posted November 4, 2008 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    {{{{Phyllis}}} You are SO very welcome. It was our joy to help. We wanted to stay longer!

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