- Written by Sue Gardner Sue Gardner
- Created: 03 June 2013 03 June 2013
A few of our nine-person crew arrived by plane on Saturday to “prepare the city” for the rest of us. Some flew in Sunday and joined the first group for a romp through the French Quarter, where Joel gave us crawfish eating lessons. He likes them HOT, HOT, HOT! Ask him for details. Shopping has already begun and the credit cards will soon be maxed. Tin from the ninth ward roofs had been transformed into artwork much like the tin we saw in Haiti.
The remaining third arrived by van after logging 1,482 miles from Fort Collins. They got to Camp Restore by going the wrong way on Bundy Street. Oops. Thank you, Lord, for watching out for us!
We all met at around 5:30 and toured the building. We met other groups from New Jersey, Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois. There are about 45 of us here at Camp Restore. Dinner, prepared and served by our new friends from New Jersey, was at 6:00. Guess what it was? Yep: chicken “pahts”!
We took a tour of our first project with Walter, our team leader for the week. It will be finishing the drywall and painting a kitchen. It appears that some of the copper wiring has been “borrowed” out of the walls and will need to be replaced before we can begin.
Serial Mistakes on Bundy Street
On the way back we stopped and saw a beautiful sunset over Lake Pontchartrain. Joel guarded the vehicles while we enjoyed the view.
We then followed the lead van back to Camp, only to discover that we were following the wrong silver van! So we ended up meeting a lovely local family. After we apologized for following them home, we found our own way back to Bundy Street.
The air conditioned rooms are wonderful. No mosquito nets needed here, though there are some bugs that try to join us in our rooms. Elise went ninja on several of them. Tim is considering switching bunks instead of bunking with the bugs! A whole new meaning to bed bugs!
Now, after a quick shower, it’s off to bed. Don’t let the “whatever they are”-bugs bite!
Bye from the Bayou!
“Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kindness”, “mercy”, “loyalty”, “loving-kindness” or “steadfastness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together—a “love your neighbor as yourself”, active, selfless, sacrificial, caring-for-one-another brand of living contradictory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are continually looking to work together to share some small measure of God’s extraordinary love. Won’t you join us?