2009 New Orleans Mission Trip – Day 5

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We had a great day.  Early to the work site and continued shingling.  At 10:30 we drove over to the dedication of a completely rehabilitated home.  There were representatives from the mayor’s office, the Salvation Army, Red Cross, United Church of Christ Disaster Response Team, our mission team, and many …

2009 New Orleans Mission Trip – Day 4

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Today was roof until you drop day.  We finished with the tear-off, got the roof all felted in and started shingling.  While hammers pounded above, part of our crew helped with cleaning the yard of debris left from the flooding and helped with cleaning inside.  The homeowner is very delighted …

2009 New Orleans Mission Trip – Day 3

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This morning we traveled to the 9th ward.  We were in the East end which is right next to Lake Ponchartrain.  Less than half the homes in what was once a middle-class neighborhood are habitable.  Our task today was to rip off an entire roof and reshingle. 

2009 New Orleans Mission Trip – Day 1

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We made it!!!  928 miles, 16 hours.  Hurricane watch, coastal flooding predicted!  We had a safe trip, tired.  At 8 a.m. Monday we will meet the local coordinator and get our work site assignments.  Pray for us, we’re ready to go, hurricane or not!  We had communion this evening, missed …

Cedar Rapids Mission Trip Report

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Cedar Rapids Mission Trip Report June 11-13, 2009 Eleven volunteers went to Cedar Rapids, IA, from June 11-13 to help with rebuilding after last year’s massive flooding.  The group worked on Cedar Christian Church that sat in eight feet of water after the Cedar River crested at 35 feet on …

Day 9 — Shout Outs

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We are sitting in the very tiny East London airport waiting for what I hope is not a very tiny airplane!  We have now been gone for almost a week and a half, so we wanted to send a little hello to our friends and family back home. 

Ons Plek

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Today we had the incredible opportunity to meet some of the women who work at Ons Plek (“Our Place”), a shelter for girls living on the streets of Cape Town and beyond. 

Days 7-8

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Sunday and Monday were days of celebrating after all of our hard work at the Thembani Centre.  We started by joining the Xhosa church that we had painted in worship.  Next, we headed south to the Schotia game reserve. 

Days 4-6

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Thembani On Friday, we ventured into the heat and even deeper into the South African countryside.  We started with a visit to Neville’s Newtown Philipton Primary School, where the 2007 group spent a full day. 

March 11 – Day 3

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Julia’s friend told her, “When you meet anyone in Africa, it’s like you’ve met a long-lost relative.”  If that’s true (and I think it must be), tonight was our family reunion! 

March 9 – Day 1

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We are a diverse group, your emissaries from Country Club Christian to South Africa. There are 14 of us in all, seven who’ve been on the trip before, and another seven of us who have no idea what we are in for.  I was ready for some fresh perspective and a break …