Monday, May 19, 2008

NEW Orleans...


So, I've got a buddy (in the white shirt and the bottom right corner) who has an amazing wife and a super cute kid, who has been a mentoree since 6th grade and then an intern and then took over my youth pastor job. We are best of buddies now with lots of memories and good times behind us. He is leaving Crossroads Bible Church youth pastor job and all his family and friends to go and serve in New Orleans with CRM ministries. Now, I love what this ministry is about: Planting churches in the needy areas, doing practical work to build relationships and lastly, training young men and women for a lifetime of missions. So, stopping there, I am proud of my brother and excited for their adventure. But then...

TODAY, I met a woman doctor at the orphanage that I spoke at this morning and she lives and works in New Orleans. I told her about my friend Matt and she was so excited. She loves the city and she said that more people are moving out then moving in. She said that 25 churches in her diocese alone are closing this year. She said there is still so much suicide and sickness due to the stress that was put on the city, even after three years. These things are not talked about but as a doctor she has seen and is seeing it all. So, it was confirmation beyond confirmation that the need is huge and you are indeed sent by God to make a difference in that hurting community. So, Matt and Amy and little Nolan, we send you with joy and pride and lots of love... We are proud of you, we love you and support you!!!

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