Greetings from New Orleans! We arrived safely on Sat to temperatures in the 70's and thunderstorms. It turned out that we weren't the only ones coming to St. Andrew's - the Bishop of LA arrived Sunday morning for confirmation and baptism so we decided to pass up the 10 am service after all. Part of the group went to the 8 am service and the rest of us went to church at St. George's where we enjoyed a moving sermon, gorgeous stained glass windows and Southern hospitality - the rector identified us immediately as "East Coast Episcopalians!"
Sunday afternoon we enjoyed some free time in the city. Most of the group went to the World War II Museum which they highly recommended,others took a trip down the Missippi in the Riverboat, and others walked down by the river.
Then off to work on Monday! Four of us made Po'Boy sandwiches at the New Orleans Mission where we served lunch to the homeless. Others volunteered with Beacon of Hope where we helped an older couple finish up painting the outside of their home and cleaned up their yard. Today was beautiful weather wise so we really enjoyed the opportunity to be outside all day.
We've also enjoyed being together as a group, having Compline every night and eating delicious home cooked meals!
Thank you to y'all who have supported us both by your prayers and financially. Everyone here is so touched that our parish sent us down here to help. There is still so much to do.