Mission Lab Post # 2
We started Monday with a morning devotion time. After devotion we quickly made our way to the cafeteria for breakfast. We were served scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits, gravy and grits. In front of me in line were some teens from Arizona, they had never tried grits before and thought they were like potatoes. It took some convincing to get them to try grits. After I got my tray I saw two men that didn’t need persuasion to eat grits, they were very happy that it wasn’t pizza again.
After breakfast our teens split into two groups, Brad’s group went to F.P. Jackson Park to lead a bible school for the local children and Anita’s group went to Schaber Park to do the same. When I get some photos from the other group, I’ll post them here also.
When we arrived at Jackson Park, we found a playground that was overgrown with grass, so Dale traveled with our NOBTS guide Cody back to the campus and picked up a lawnmower and weed eater. You can see in the photos how tall the grass was, the video of Dale running the lawnmower really emphasizes how much work we had just to get the playground ready for the Bible School.
We had five sisters in attendance on the first day of Bible School. They ranged in age from 13 – 1 year old. You can see in the photos that they enjoyed making para-cord bracelets, playing UNO, playing basketball and listening to our Bible lesson presented by Chelsea. Brad even enjoyed sliding down the slide with the youngest sister, she climbed up to the top unassisted and needed help getting down safely.
After lunch our teams recombined and walked through the French Quarter handing out backpacks that were packed with bottled water, small snacks, band aids, tape and other useful supplies for homeless people to use. They were all very grateful for the gift and thanked us multiple times.
In Jackson Square, in front of St. Louis Cathedral, Avery offered a backpack to an older man sitting on a tattered quilt under the trees. His arms were damaged by too much exposure to the sun and he had a thick gray beard. When Avery began talking to the man he sat up and started asking numerous questions about Jesus, and what it takes to get to Heaven. His first big point was that you cannot get to Heaven by works. He took a piece of paper and folded it as he spoke with us. I watched as he carefully tore off pieces of the paper and sat them under his mat. We could tell he was up to something, when he was finished he had created a cross from the paper. The scraps of paper he tore away were assembled to spell Hell. He was doing his best to witness to us! It was a great experience to find a man in the park posing as homeless so that he could share the Gospel with people that are seeking salvation through works. We handed out over 40 backpacks and plan to return after supper tonight.