Mission Trip

Mission Trip

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This last week, UCM’s mission crew took on construction down in Louisiana’s most famous city, New Orleans! We arrived late Saturday night,early Sunday morning and sprang into action a few hours later touring the famous French Quarter. On Monday we hit the ground running, making our way to the St. Bernard Project where we told of the history of the program and what has been happening with the city after Hurricane Katrina (2005). After this informational meeting, we set out to work on our first house. On site, Paris and Michelle, the site leaders, enthusiastically welcomed us and put us to work “mudding” the walls. During this project we worked alongside a gaggle of high school girls from Maryland.

 The rest of the week RHINO had us working with Habitat for Humanity. At this site, we had two wonderful site leaders, Megan and Mallory who had unending enthusiasm, dedication, and patience, with the 32-some project helpers (us and some lovely Missourians)! By the end of the week, we were able to complete the foundation for the house and nail in all the outer walls. It was great!

What was constantly stressed about New Orleans to us, is the love New Orleanians have for their city, and their dedication to rebuild it. I can personally attest to this, and everyone we encountered were so friendly and genuine. The welcoming sense we all felt was especially true for St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, which birthed the RHINO organization. They provided us with top notch, Louisiana food and provided us with a lovely couple (Clif and Mary) who hosted us one night at their beautiful home. Clif and Mary went above and beyond with immersing us into the New Orleans culture by giving us a tour of the city and providing us with print offs and treats that catered to the culture.

This mission trip not only illuminated the love of God, but also allowed for me to personally see that God always provides.