New Orleans is a hopping city full of good food, music, and rich culture. Located on the Mississippi River, this city is the birthplace of jazz and a melting pot of French, African, and American cultures.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans, striking a devastating blow to the livelihood of every resident. Nearly 80% of the city flooded, leaving a trail of destruction. Overnight, thousands of people became homeless and unemployed.
The nation rallied around relief efforts in the early days following the hurricane, but slowly national attention shifted further away from those whose lives were destroyed.
Residents of New Orleans feel discarded, and many struggle with loneliness and depression.
It takes far more than bricks and lumber to rebuild a devastated city. You can partner with those who are helping rebuild lives and restoring hope in New Orleans.
While in New Orleans, you will partner with two pastors who have made homeless and low income advocacy part of their daily routine the last 20 years. They will give you a firsthand look at the issues effecting homelessness in New Orleans. Ministry opportunities will include:
Homeless Feeding and Ministry: New Orleans has a high homeless population in different pockets of the city. You’ll have a chance to serve and engage with them through food servings and water distribution. This is a great way to hear people’s stories, learn from them, and offer encouragement when possible.
Rehabilitation Facility: Participants may also assist individuals in their daily responsibilities at a rehab center. Those who work and live at the center are recovering from a former addiction. You’ll assist either in facility projects (maintenance, painting, etc.) or alongside individuals at the thrift store in their daily job duties.
Katrina Relief: Even a decade after the hurricane, there are still areas of the city needing repair and people who are displaced, trying to start a new life. You might have the opportunity to help restore their homes while touching their lives.
Urban Plunge: This is a great chance to get to know the city and the different groups of people that are there. You’ll jump on the trolleys and head into the city. While on the trolley you’ll have chance to start conversations with people. Then you jump off and spend time in downtown NOLA, meeting people and learning their stories.
If you walk the streets of New Orleans with your prayer team, you may meet people who feel overwhelmed and abandoned. You’ll connect with these people’s pain as you listen to them share their stories.
Will you join those sharing the healing truth of God's love in a city seeking restoration?
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