Independence Day

July 5th, 2006

Mike_Said

What a day. Our outreach went really well! We think we ended up serving close to 70 people or so in the neighborhood and surrounding areas. I was in front of the grill the entire time, cookin’ up burgers and hot dogs for the folks. I enjoyed it. I hadn’t slept well the night before so my social battery was low. Lora on the other hand was all around socializing and talking with people. She was a rock star (that means she did awesome)!

Speaking of rock stars, we could NOT have gotten any of what happened yesterday done without the incredible help of some volunteers we met from the Kenner Vineyard young adult service (and of course, the mercy response cook, Pam). Ohh man, they were so helpful. They showed up, worked hard, and were just a gigantic blessing all day long. Very cool people. I think Lora and I would have been at each others throats for sure if not for these selfless souls. It was nice to get to know them, and hopefully a few friendships will form…

The people responded really well and were very thankful. There were several guys there who were from central or south america and couldn’t speak english- hopefully we left a good impression with them. And I think we did, despite the language barrier. There’s something about food that brings people together.

I also need to give a big shout out to God for the weather. The ENTIRE city was raining- cloud cover as far as the eye could see- except for two holes of sunshine, which, as it happend, floated right over our little ministry field one after the other. And it took just about the 3 hours we were operating to pass by! It literaly couldn’t have been planned better. The clouds provided shade, and it only sprinkled a little here and there which was refreshing instead of bothersome. Not 5 mins after we got back to the church did it start torrential downpouring. Harsh downpouring man. Amazing timing.

We had been invited to a few block parties that night- but instead decided to celebrate by taking showers and putting on our pjs (we were pooped). We went outside our apartment to look in the sky for fireworks and there were plenty of locals going crazy. Then a few minutes later we saw the main fireworks show from the lake start. We had a perfect view from our driveway. And as luck would have it, this is the south. So we, in our pjs, stood outside next to the other neighborhood folks also dressed (or not dressed, depending on your point of view) in their undies watching the show. Surreal, but fun.

I will say one thing- Columbus knows how to put on a fireworks show. Not so much here in the Big Easy (at least this year). I don’t know who was manning the show, but I’m pretty sure crack was involved. Everything was nice and normal, ooh and aah, and then boom- the finale! Yay! Except, wait… there were more fireworks. Ohh okay, nice fakeout. Except… no. They just stopped after awhile. It was as anticlimactic as it could get. Lora was a trooper though. She held on- “No, no the finale is coming!” 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes. Finally, okay, she agreed it was over, that they were done. It was like someone hit the finale button too early or something. Weird. In the end though we were just glad to see some, and the other locals agreed on the weirdness, so thats redeeming. I mean, its pretty incredible they even had any to begin with, all things considered.

And so, in summary: we had a busy day, a interesting evening, and a good night. But I am ready for some R&R. We’ll see what the rest of the week holds…

Hope everyone else had an awesome 4th!!!!!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Roy  |  July 5th, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    Shocking! –roln2mb2

  • 2. Donna  |  July 7th, 2006 at 12:50 am

    I’m glad everything went better than planned! And at least you got to see some fireworks, even if the show was a bit jacked up!

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