June 16, 2017
We have reached the end of an amazing journey! One that deepened relationships, built a community and reflected the heart of God.
With today's work, we finally were able to work together as a group and not at two different sites. We went out to Sidell, Louisiana to work at a Boys and Girls club. We were charged with priming their arts room. I'll say if anyone needs a house repainted, please call us. Starting at 9 am we finished priming with 2 coats by 2 pm.
The later part of the day we went to the French market for one last hoora! Afterwards we went to a child of Fourth, Miles Thomas house for dinner. Miles goes to Saint Charles Presbyterian church (the church that sponsors Camp Rhino) and when he found out we were coming he decided to host us for dinner tonight. What a small Presbyterian world 👌🏾. We had some good ole BBQ and got to see his lovely family and friends.
Once again, thank you all again for giving your youth the opportunity to serve New Orleans with me. Special thanks to Larry Boyd, Suanne Hall and Whitney Ramseur for helping out chaperoning.
The story of Our Mascot LEONIDAS. Leonidas was discovered humbled and abandoned on Leonidas st, the site of the first day of demolition, and the group took mercy and rescued him from the pits of despair and has giving him his purpose for us. Please welcome and meet Leonidas!
June 15, 2017
As we have officially hit Hump Day, we are struggling to realize that it is only our 2nd day of work and the week is now about over (Larry is over thinking it is Tuesday 😭).
The demolition continues but at a rate that is way too fast to keep them busy. One group finished their three day project in just a day and a half. Talk about doing work and getting work done!
Group two, received orders to go help out Ms Janet in the lower 9th and do a lot of exterior and interior painting along with ripping up floor boards and laying down new ones. Amelia Hornaday found a new friend in Ms Janet's granddaughter Demy (age 6, just totally adorable) and the two connected in an usual way that allowed Demy to show off her gymnastics and dancing abilities. Demy says she wants to grow up to be a painter just like our site leader Max.
During our free times, the group decided to go on an adventure and walked to a park close to campus.
And we explored the infamous Café Du Monde and got the classic beignets.
Overall the trip is great and I am sure you miss your young ones an incredible amount. We will be leaving TOMORROW MORNING after breakfast and the projected time is around 11 PM tomorrow evening.
Stay tuned for chapter 4 later and the story of our mascot Leonidas.
June 14, 2017
Wow what a busy day! From 7 am in the morning till close to midnight!
It has been an inspiring day for many reasons. We learned from our safety orientation that the group that partners up with camp Rhino, Saint Bernard Project (SBP), was started by a teacher and lawyer that wanted to make a difference. Our projects today consisted of one group doing some demolition work, which they may have enjoyed too much, and working on a house affected by tornadoes that touched down a couple of months ago in East New Orleans.
The great moment from working on the house was meeting Reggie our site manager with SBP. He is an alumni from Mauldin high school, and made it so that we worked with him today being a Greenville native. He instantly connected with our group and that inspired the group to work even harder to do insulation and drywall in the house that was damaged from the tornadoes.
The demolition group, worked so hard that they were let go earlier (at least that is what the group is telling me 😜). James Hoyt got a shout out from his peers for completely taking out the bathroom roof by himself and getting work done. Tomorrow they continue their work wrecking things and having a good time with it.
Now a word from our participants:
Our first day of work began by meeting our site supervisor, Reggie, who also graduated from Mauldin High. He taught us how to put in insulation and put up sheet rock. The homeowner Mr. Glenn told us his story of witnessing Hurricane Katrina. We got to go on a great tour that showed us so many parts of this city. The night ended with a fun walk down Frenchmen Street and a few stops to dance to the live brass band! ~Amelia Hornaday
Work hard, play hard! Today we built a ceiling by putting in insulation and drywall. I learned how to use a staple gun! We had an inspiring tour where we observed the many different areas and culture of NOLA. Tonight we danced on Frenchmen to a live jazz band! Haven't seen the bead tree at Tulane yet but looking forward to more hard work and adventures tomorrow. ~Alexandria Leland
With so much excitement about being this marvelous city we just had to go see some jazz bands perform in the heart of the Big Easy and it did not disappoint. The live culture was infectious and had many dancing in the streets too (I promise, it was away from moving cars). The city's personality is really catching on to us. Don't know if that's a good thing or bad thing. We will leave that for you to decide.
June 13, 2017
As we started our journey we spent time today with Romans 8. We are challenged to find purpose in our time here. Not just as a fun get a way or a vacation but why has God placed us here in this time to be here.
Today was a great day to explore our surrounding area...in the rain. We had breakfast at an awesome restaurant named Coulis. Definitely 5 star establishment with a 2 star price. Afterwards we hung out and played a couple of rounds of bowling before heading to the French quarters for linner (we accidentally ate lunch late).
Tonight we started our programming with Camp Rhino with worship and a leaders orientation. We found out that we will be doing demolition work along with clearing out spaces for reconstruction. Tomorrow should be an exciting and HOT day. Signing off from the Big Easy.
June 12, 2017
We arrived safely and without any bumps in the road. The drive down was not bad at all, full of people sleeping and eager to get to work. Tomorrow we have a day of fun before the real work begins!
June 08, 2017
Hey, Christian here! I am so excited to take our Senior High's to New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday! We will be gone for 6 days and will be partnering with RHINO (Rebuilding Homes In New Orleans), you can read more about their mission here.
If you want to send our youth encouraging words while they're gone email them to Christian.
We can't wait to serve the families of Louisiana and grow stronger as a community.