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. Your youth group can partner with those who are helping rebuild lives and restoring hope in New Orleans.
Over the last few years the slow down in the porting industry has severely hurt the economy of New Orleans, which in turn effects some of the opportunities the students have in and outside of school. With parents who have to work part time jobs or abnormal hours, this means youth end up spending a good deal of time on their own. This has affected their sleeping patterns, eating habits, educational involvement, and ultimately their development.
Sports Camp: You will partner with a local church offering a sports camp for local kids, giving them the opportunity to develop healthy habits, self esteem, and self discipline.
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’ll jump off and spend time in downtown NOLA, meeting people and learning their stories, sharing the love of Jesus everywhere you go.
Community Outreach: 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 their pain as you listen to their stories.
Will you join those sharing the healing truth of God's love in a city seeking restoration?
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