Spruce Pine UMC     New Orleans Mission Trip
November 10 -17, 2007
As a green bud in the spring-time is a sign of life renewed,
so may we be signs of one-ness 'mid earth's peoples, many hued.
As a rainbow lights the heavens when a storm is past and gone,
may our lives reflect the radiance of God's new and glorious dawn.

Our team in the house with the family we
spent three days working with. The younger woman is the oldest daughter. He is 87 she is 92.
Pat Paton leading devotions on the Westbank Levee that holds the Mississippi River back from the part of New Orleans we are staying in.

Our team at the end of the day with a gourd that
John brought us. The team signed the gourd. An opening can be carved for a bird house, and the seeds removed and planted. He suggested nine seeds for the nine team members. The fruit could be passed on to friends and neighbors.
During the civil war, a gourd on the outside of a home meant that it was safe for run away slaves to approach.
Rita, the homeowner of the second house we worked on.

Anna, Rita's sister, was also displaced by the storms.  Rita has taken her in. Rita has also allowed several friends to use her property.  There are three FEMA trailers on her land and a regular parking lot, even though Rita does not drive.  Anna lost her arm years ago in a streetcar accident but does drive.
Our team plus the Rotary team (Arch Woodard, Randy Hembree, Reid Duncan, Mike ___, [Arch's brother in law]). We are on Bourbon street at the Cajun Cabin.
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