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

Our group of 7 youth and 3 adults walked the city. We saw parts that made us uncomfortable, but even in those areas people were always helpful and courteous. Coming from Suburban Philadelphia, the idea of doors being held open, people stopping and getting out of their cars to thank us for the service we do was so amazing.

New Orleans is some place that everyone should visit and not just the Mardi Gras (but hey if that is your chance), the New Orleans of Jackson Square or Canal Street above the hotels. Travel to the New Orleans of the Lower and Upper 9th Ward. Ask for the stories, the people of New Orleans are more than willing to share.

I was given a 10 minute private tour of my Cab drivers "Home Town" where he told me of putting his family (as many as would fit) in a Suburban and just driving north. He spoke of weeks waiting for word and returning to devastation, but with hope of rebuilding.

To all those who honked or stopped to thank the teens and adults cleaning in the city those days we were there, THANK YOU! As am Adult working with teens, you have no idea how much one or two people would normally mean, but to have almost a hundred people do it on a Saturday morning for only 3 hours, from 7 - 10 AM (when some of these kids are still normally sleeping) shows people do care, do appreciate, and do love their neighbor.

God Bless You New Orleans.
Ray Hopkins
Dir. of Student Ministries
Upper Dublin Lutheran Church
Ambler, PA

Posted by RayHopkins on 08/05/2009 at 7:56 AM

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