Beignets, Church and the Whitney

Our week this week has been wonderful thus far with a chance to tour the city first before getting into our work. Last night we rode the street cars into New Orleans, ate beignets at Cafe du Monde and had a generally excellent time together.  This morning we went to church at St. Anna's where we were warmly greeted and thanked for our being here to serve. Fr. Terry preached an excellent sermon about the Jesus' movement we are called into that goes way beyond vengeance but a greater vision for people and peace. 

We spent time surveying the levees and the lower ninth ward, discussing how aid can be poorly given or unequally given after a disaster.  

We finished with a sobering tour about the pain of slavery by touring the Whitney slavery museum. Ali, helped us see the impact of slavery on us all.  

Night prayers and reflections finished our day.  

Please disregard any errors or typos as I navigate our weblog on my iPhone late at night.  Thanks!  Jon 

What Jesus meant when he said if you want to gain your life you first need to lose it.  

What Jesus meant when he said if you want to gain your life you first need to lose it.  

The team starting our walking tour of New Orleans.  

The team starting our walking tour of New Orleans.  

Just outside after worship.  

Just outside after worship.  

Listening to our guide at the Whitney Slavery museum.  

Listening to our guide at the Whitney Slavery museum.  

The sad truth of the evil of slavery as told through the words of a slave recorded by the writing project initiated by Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s to record the words of slaves before they died.  

The sad truth of the evil of slavery as told through the words of a slave recorded by the writing project initiated by Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s to record the words of slaves before they died.  

The chopitoilas challenge.  

The chopitoilas challenge.  

St. Anna's church.  

St. Anna's church.