Friday, June 6, 2008

I've joined our church youth group serving for a week in New Orleans

ROLL 'EM OUT. Our hearty group of ten youth and sponsors rolled out of Indianapolis around 9:30 am today. We drove and drove and drove. Ten hours later we safely stopped for the evening in Meridian, Mississippi. Traveling were souls: Travis, Hannah, Ronnie, Molly, Michelle, Jordan, Sam, Georgia, Gale and me. I'm the rookie on such a trip with the West Morris Street (WEMO) youth and I'm privileged to go along.

INTO THE DEEP SOUTH. The chrch van pulled a U-Haul trailer with our bags, bedding and tools for a week of work in the ongoing post-Katrina hurricane reconstruction effort. We will meet up with another youth group in New Orleans on Sunday. Tomorrow, however, our destination is the French Quarter in the Big Easy for some sightseeing around the city. Our route today took us south on Interstate 65 past Louisville, Nashville, and Birmingham. At Birmingham, we picked up Interstate 59 and drove over into Mississippi. The bulk of the driving behind us, we'll have just a few more hours on Saturday to reach New Orleans.

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