Our journey began at 2:30 am in the Spiritan Campus Ministry Center in Towers when we gathered our sleepy selves together for what we did not realize would be a 20 hour day. We traveled by plane to Atlanta and had a layover, then finally landed in New Orleans at 11:15am. After waiting close to an hour for three rental cars we journeyed past the Superdome and what the city had to offer, ending in our charming home here at Aurora United Methodist Church. While driving past all the sights and sounds we observed abandoned houses next to gated mansions. It was shocking to us how polar opposite these environments were. Many hearts were breaking when we saw the living conditions of the neighborhoods. It seemed as though we were worlds apart, but we realized our humanity unites us.
It was exciting to witness a colorful St. Patrick's Day Parade (where they actually throw produce off the floats!) and to see the culture New Orleans has to offer. While we did see the personality of New Orleans, the pressing need for help was just as evident. We’ve begun to see the need, and we are now fully prepared to start understanding and aiding our brothers and sisters. Beth and Brianne