We arrived in New Orleans yesterday with a group from our church and are now in Waveland, MS at Pathfinder Mission. I got to meet Joe Kennedy yesterday (awesome guy) and connect with some folks from New Orleans Seminary and others who are doing disaster relief. We followed them into the 9th Ward and St. Bernard Parish and were able to get this picture of a shrimp boat that floated over the levee and is now, basically in someone's front yard. Ugh. Check out Joe's version of the events HERE.
The devastation continues to be overwhelming 10 months after the storm. But, little by little, people are putting their lives back together. That is what we are here to help along. We are over in Waveland now and will be going out today to visit with folks who have come to Pathfinder looking for help. We will be doing follow up on the help they have received, we will talk with them about future evacuation plans, we will invite them to a big 4th of July party we will be having, and, most of all, we will be praying with them and sharing the gospel. Please pray that God will open hearts to the saving power of Jesus Christ and that many will turn to the Lord, as well as receive tangible help.
UPDATE: Seriously, check out Joe Kennedy today. He gave an eloquent description of what we experienced yesterday and his future plans in relation to reporting on what is going on. He took this picture of our advance team: