50 kids + 10 leaders + 32 hour round trip + 2 houses = my 'spring break'

Best. Week. Ever. It didn't even feel like work.

Harvest Bible Chapel Crystal Lake's high schoolers (and eighth graders) gave up their spring breaks to work on 2 houses that were affected by Katrina. I'm definitely not the first to say this, and I won't be the last, but man... what a spectacular city.

After a total of 2 hours of sleep on a 16 hour bus ride down, we spent Saturday (the 27th) hanging out and exploring the lower 9th ward. Our bus turned onto a dirt road next to the levy that broke during Katrina... what was meant to be a quick trip to the levy and a short tour of the lower 9th turned into almost a 3 hour adventure. We took a walk around the neighborhood, if you can even call it that. Most of the lots are still empty, and most of the lived-in, revamped houses are actually Brad Pitt's 'Make it Right 9' houses.

On Sunday we started working on our houses. 20 of us were at Ms. Banks' house gutting and roofing. The other 40 were at DeSoto 'Bobby' Jackson's house painting, insulating, and drywalling. The painters were on the outside of the house; my team was on the inside.

Who knew insulating and drywalling could be so... doable? Fun, even?

I'm still (3 weeks later) thinking about how I was affected by this trip. My number one goal was to be there for the students... and it was my favorite part of the week. Encouraging, supporting, talking, listening... having hard conversations and doing the hard things. God is in the hard things, too.

God is such a redeemer.

So proud of those kids...

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