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Faces

Lora_Said

Last night, when Mike and I got back to Pam’s, there was an American Eagle gift bag with a green card on it marked “Lora” hanging on our bedroom door knob.  It turns out that Pam’s daughter Becky had been shopping, saw a shirt she thought I would like and bought it for me!  It was a totally unexpected and sweet surprise!!

I thought I would post a picture of the Mercy Response staff that we took at K Paul’s on Saturday night.  After our week of crazyiness last week, I guess Phil decided some staff bonding was a good idea (everyone was in as good a mood as I was, if you catch my drift).  K Paul’s is the restaurant in the French Quarter that created the blackening technique that Louisiana is now famous for.  All I can say is a-mazing.  Luckily none of us are germaphobes, so we all tasted each other’s dinners.  Personally, I think that Stacy’s filet mingnon was the best…
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From left to right is Scott, the new guy here for three weeks from Texas (by way of Philadelphia), Stacy, Phil, yours truly, Mike and Pam.  Just some faces to put with the crazy misadventures you’ve read about.  The basket of bread on the table contained yeast rolls, corn bread, jalapeno & cheddar bread and these little molassis bread muffins. How do you pick just one? Yum!

Right now there is a team here from Pennsylvania!  They’re from Philadelphia, which used to seem like far away, but down here they’re like kin!!  :)

3 comments August 15th, 2006

Last week, this week.

Lora_Said

So… last week is over. (amen!) The cookout on Wednesday was awesome, though. Because we had so many teams here, we sent them into the neighborhoods to hand out fliers and invite people. The good news is that many people they met had already heard about it, and some said they already had plans to come.

It rained all night (a steady rain, but no thunder, lightning, or flooding) so a lot of people took their food to go. And, for the first time, we ran out of food! All that was left were some rolls, and a little bit of bread pudding. (We fed 200 people.) So Pam and I will have much more cooking to do for this week, so that doesn’t happen again!

Today teams from two churches arrive, but they’re much smaller groups–a team of five, and one of seven. Both, ironically enough, were church plants started from Joshua House–our church in Columbus.

Yesterday was a very relaxing day spent in the quarter (though we had ourselves a few adventures which I think Mike wants to post about). They finished repairing the roof of the Superdome and the Saints will play in New Orleans again this year! There is a big sign on it which says “Reopening Sept 22nd.” I think it’s good to reclaim it as an icon for the city since a lot of people have bad (to say the least) memories there.

Anyways, we slept in yesterday and today and things are looking much rosier for tomorrow. :)

Add comment August 13th, 2006

Lack of zzz’s

Lora_Said

This week we had the most people here since Mike and I arrived. They were a very outgoing and energetic group of… almost eighty people. Add to that lack of sleep, and also that I didn’t get a weekend last week, and also that every free moment was spent reading and studying for my Vineyard Leadership Institute midterms and you can get a picture of how bright and sunny this week has been for me. I took my test this morning, and haven’t spoken much besides a few grunts since then.

The last thirty people will leave tonight, so the staff will have both Saturday and Sunday off. So… if I haven’t posted or called as of late… that’s why.

It’s interesting to me how on these most crappy of weeks that God usually shows up in a significant way. Probably because I’m the most undone and willing to listen to whatever he has to say. Last night Phil had the Mercy Response staff listen to a CD called “I AM” that had music and a narrator reading 365 different names and attributes of God. It’s funny how a week of non-stop studying the deeper nuances of Systematic Theology and it’s a 30 minute CD that leaves me utterly undone and in tears. I suppose it’s because the facts of God and the person of God can seem so utterly distanced from one another at times and last night… I was just able to look into the face of God and see his kindness and strength and compassion and enormity and ferocity clearly once again…

Tonight I think we’re going out for coffee and music at a place called PJ’s. I think I need some brain numbing fun. 😉

2 comments August 11th, 2006

A Letter to Mercy Response

Mike_Said

Hello Stacy,

Just a note to express my gratitude. As I think of the kindness from you, your organization and the many new friends I met, tears begin to flow from my eyes. I was so thankful for the prayers, words of comfort, hugs and the fellowship. Meeting people who were genuine and God fearing made the sadness easier to bear. Please give my thanks to all who had a part in helping put my life some what back in order. I really appreciate that you took so much time with me, not only to help me, but to fellowship also.

Thanks,

Gwen

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Some days, you think you’re at the end of your rope – then you get something like this.

Add comment August 11th, 2006

Gallery is up!

Mike_Said

It’s still a work in progress (< geek > WordPress is a great blogging tool, but since I don’t know php, this kind of thing is going slower than usual. But automation is great. So the layout may not be as asthetically pleasing as I would like, but you’ll get more pictures in the long run. I’ve also kept file sizes smaller, which reduces quality but increases load time for the poor in bandwidth < /geek >).

In the main gallery part, you’ll see a variety of images that were taken early on. Some destruction from the lower 9th that is still there, to the Fourth of July cookout that heralded the beginnings of the wednesday night cookout, to photos of friends of ours when they came down to visit/gut houses.

Right now there’s also 1 sub gallery (with more to come in the future). It’s when Lora and I went to a historical plantation on one of the very few days we get off.

Enjoy!

6 comments August 6th, 2006

Sleepy

Lora_Said

Mike and I saw our first wild gator this week! We’ve also seen four nutria on the side of the canals…

I apologize for the lack of posting as of late. The Wednesday night cookouts–though awesome–are so much work. This week in particular, Pam and I got a late start and we were rushing to finish cooking everything at the last minute. Usually we finish between 12 and 2 o’clock and have a few hours to take it easy before we leave. This week we were cooking until four o’clock, and we try to leave at four thirty!

This week we cooked:

60 lbs of peas!
40 lbs of chicken!
15 lbs of pasta!

The outdoor kitchen where we cook everything was 95 degrees–with the air conditioning running full blast! When we opened the window, it felt like cold air came rolling in–and it was in the nineties out there, too!

We finished last minute, but everything got done. And we were all set up and ready to go at the site by six o’clock, so all was well, but it sure was exhausting. I barely talked to people at the cookout–and that’s usually the highlight of my week.

Add to that having to tear down and clean up at the end of the night, then get up and make breakfast for the teams at six thirty AM and you have a long, tiring couple of days. I really hope that I can catch up on my rest soon because I feel really drained. And when I get tired, I get anti-social. And there are two teams here from our church in Columbus and I’ve barely talked to them all week! :(

Hopefully I’ll recover soon enough!

2 comments August 5th, 2006

Pictures, Pictures, Pictures!

Lora_Said

Since our gallery page still isn’t up, I thought I’d post a few picks. The first three are from our cookout last week. Note the girl from Minnesota learning how to suck heads. And yes, those are the remnants of the crawfish I ate!

Yesterday, since we have Sundays off, we decided be touristy and go visit a plantation house! The particular one we visited was about forty five minutes west of Kenner, and was called “Oak Alley.” The pictures make it easy to see why! (We passed two armadillo road kills on the way there, however.)

Here’s the breathtaking view from the road. Twenty eight 300-year-old live oak trees line the path to the mansion.


I love the south!!

Ah, well, enough fun for one weekend. Back to sweating and cooking and working outdoors! 😉 (We will get that gallery page up soon! We have so many more pictures we want to share with you!)

5 comments August 1st, 2006

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