2017 New Orleans Mission Trip
Rolling down to the bayous of Louisiana, ten Roger Bacon Spartans were missioned in early August to New Orleans. Working amidst hot, humid conditions, they ripped out drywall, remediated mold, tilled land for farming, painted walls and floorboards. Laboring during the day and reflecting with their faith in the evening, the Spartans wrestled with the ongoing questions of “Where did they speak Christ to another?” and “Where did Christ speak to you?” Two pivotal questions for Christian missionaries.
More and more as the week continued, all were able to experience their Savior speaking to others through their words and deeds. “I can be more appreciative of the little acts of kindness that are unnoticed,” said Andy Gruenwald ’19. Through their works of mercy, the Spartans were formed by Christ, who spoke to them in their labor and through the numerous homeowners and natives of The Big Easy (nickname for New Orleans). Erin Koch ’19 said, “This [mission experience] has helped me become more aware of world issues, especially in our country.” “I believe I can put myself in other peoples’ shoes, truly thankful and appreciative.” said Grace Nonnamaker ’18.
More than anything, the Spartans realized that being sent on mission moves, changes, transforms you. One sees relationships different; treasures others deeper. “I realized that I need to tell people I love them when I can, always unsure of tomorrow.” said Ava Caldwell ’18. An experience with Christ never leaves an individual the same. Roger Bacon Senate President, Beatrice Borgert ’18, said “Hope is to be the anchor between me, God and others. Without question, the center of everything.”
See Mrs. Ausere, Director of Missions if interested in next year’s New Orleans Mission Experience.