Mission Trip 2011

John Duff’s Homily 2/27/11

I was fortunate enough to make my second mission trip to New Orleans. This time I worked in a home that has been unoccupied since Hurricane Katrina. That’s almost 5 ½ years ago! My co-workers during the week were Lorraine Dee, John Ahonen and George Thomas. We were led by our young crew chief David,…

Sheila Monks’ Homily 2/27/11

This morning I’m going to tell you about a conversation we all had in New Orleans. It has everything to do with today’s Scripture readings, and after the service I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter, how you reconcileit all in your minds and your hearts…. Here in Milton, we are quite…

The Hollygrove Neighborhood

Surrounding the Bayou Rebirth site is an area of extreme poverty and much damage from Katrina. This area is one of the lowest lying areas in the city and was compromised before Katrina. Most of the houses you see in these photos are examples of the inablity of the residents to return. The atmosphere is…

On Our Last Night…

Our week of labor is over but the need is still strong. We have left an impact on a city that needs lots of help. We are glad that we have made a difference. We were here doing God’s work and we are satisfied. God bless – John Duff

Meeting with Pete & Dinner with Beverly

Last night we meet with Pete Nunnelly, the volunteer coordinator (among many other things!), for the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. This gave us an opportunity to learn about the current “state of the city” and to ask him many questions. We talked about the barriers and complexity that homeowners have in getting back into their…

Bayou Rebirth

For two days we worked for the non-profit Bayou Rebirth http://www.bayourebirth.org/. The Bayou Rebirth mission is to restore the bayou and to educate the citizens of Louisiana about the importance of the bayou. Bayous are disappearing at an alarming rate of an acre per day.The group propagates plants native to the bayou that will replace…