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Re: “Gratitude for the Lutheran teens who visited New Orleans

I went as one of the teens experiencing the gathering for the very first time. Our leader shared this article with me. I figured I would go ahead and share our similar story. We had a group of 17 at were eating at Mr. B's Bistro one afternoon in the French Quarter. We were at two different tables and my table finished first. A few of us decided to head back to the hotel while others stayed for desert. Our leader tapped on my door about a half hour later with an awsome story. A local woman who was a doctor had asked the waiter if we were with the Lutheran Gathering, when she found out we were, she picked up our whole tab. She too had lost everything in Katrina and was out of the city for about 6 months. As my leader put it, she was overwhelmed with the amount of good work everyone was doing for the city. She was in tears when our leader and a few other kids talked to her about her story.

For me, New Orleans really opened my eyes to being open to helping others and allowed me to open my heart and grow in my faith. Seeing the Ninth Ward after our service project on saturday really hammered home the fact that there is still so much work that needs done. However, the few people that have moved back and tried to rebuild, although they still have so little, they are grateful for what they have. It's up to us to continue to lend a helping hand to them and others in our own neighborhoods that need a little help. It was the best week of my life.

Trinity Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD

Posted by Hubs08 on 08/05/2009 at 2:13 PM

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