Thursday we had an even better turn out at our VBS sites than the previous days which was so encouraging. It was our last full day and a great note to end on. In the afternoon, all our groups went to the Georgetown Apartment complex and hosted a block party for the community. We had lots of people come and we were able to have many Gospel centered conversations through our time there. We did a concert for them, face painted, made crafts, grilled hot dogs, played basketball, and much more!
We ended the day with worship and group time. It was so good to come together as a church and hear how the Lord has been working all week in each different group, each different conversation, in different ways!
Friday morning we will head to the WWII museum in downtown NOLA, eat at Bubba Gump Shrimp company and then head home! Please pray for our team as we travel back to Opelika. We are so thankful for God’s faithfulness to provide for us and reveal Himself to us this week. What a special week in Louisiana!
We had great weather for Wednesday–no more rain! We had successful days of VBS again today. One group installed a basketball goal in order to build relationships with more of the local children and one of those children accepted Christ! It was such an encouragement to our whole group and so life giving to see this little boy joyfully receive salvation!
In the afternoon we went back to Jackson Square for another concert and met some more kind and encouraging people downtown. We spent some time in the French Quarter and had some beignets at Cafe du Monde and other restaurants in the area. We returned to NOBTS for dinner, group time, and swim time: another awesome day!
We encountered a lot of rain on Tuesday but the Lord was so good to provide ways that we could work in spite of it! Most went to our VBS sites again, and some even spent the morning serving by cleaning up a local church. After lunch we went to Jackson Square and performed our acoustic concert. Many people passed through (including Napoleon Dynamite) and stopped to listen, take pictures and videos, and find out who we are and why we are here. Praise God for the opportunity to use worship to spread the Gospel in the heart of New Orleans!
When we returned to NOBTS we had an evening of worship, community, and Bible study. Please pray for many people to come to our VBS locations and for more opportunities to talk to people in Jackson Square on Wednesday about the reason our students would stand in the hot sun and sing in the middle of the city: Jesus!
Monday we got the full New Orleans experience: crawfish boil, beignets, the works! We went out to six different sites and put on VBS for kids around the community. We ended the day with some worship during group time, ready to take on Tuesday and see what the Lord is going to do!
Please pray for good weather, good attitudes for our students, authentic worship during our concerts, and that people in NOLA would want to know what we are here for and that they would see the love of the Father in the love that we share.