Past Trip Reviews \ OG Mission Trip 2008

New Orleans, Louisiana

March 29 – April 5, 2008

For the second time since Hurricane Katrina struck the New Orleans area, members of the Congregational Church were called to the Gulf Coast to help renovate devastated homes.  This time in 2008, our church partnered with First Street United Methodist Church and their senior pastor, Reverend Lance Eden, in the Central City part of New Orleans.  Rev. Eden was only 27 years old and had been at the church only two months when Hurricane Katrina hit.  He sought shelter in Baton Rouge but upon returning, immediately opened up his church as a soup kitchen to feed the displaced and hungry in the area.

In 2008, two and a half years later, about 60% of the residents had returned to the Central City area of New Orleans.  Some are living in homes that are barely habitable  The adult mission team chose to renovate the homes of two parishioners.  One home had been under eight feet of water for 18 days after the hurricane.  The other residence sustained water and wind damage.  Under the leadership of Connie McManus, Director of Service Ministries and Jim Chevalier, head volunteer contractor, the group did carpentry work, sheet rocking, general clean up, painting and landscaping at the sites.

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