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If You’ve Got Questions About Missions, God’s Got Answers: NOLA 2012

The second highlighted note I marked in my copy of Radical, Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, addresses the key reason why our small group decided to move into a closer relationship with Alf and Allison Nelson, their family, and the Crescent City Community Church in New Orleans, LA (NOLA). Author David Platt very straightforwardly says, “You can choose to continue with business as usual in the Christian life and in the church as a whole… Or we can take an honest look at the Jesus of the Bible and dare to ask what the consequences might be if we really believed him and really obeyed him.” That is a question that a small group should never ask lightly. That question should come with a warning label, because the answers might surprise you.

For us, the answer was to go into an area none of us was familiar with, work at a school none of us had heard of, support a family that most of us did not talk to regularly, help a church that didn’t have a home, and take our kids into an area where we were the minority. It is a question that, before we left, had us wondering how a mission trip can work with a group with 11 adults and 14 kids; kids ranging in ages from 2 years old to 18 years old?

It is a question with logistical and financial aspects. How do we get this many adults and children that far from home, provide them tasks to accomplish, provide them a way to serve a homeless population, and still have resources to support a community church? Oh, and by the way, how will we get all that in place knowing the best window for the trip is only 8 weeks away?

Questions, questions, questions… and then there is the God of answers. For example, how will we get enough money when $6000 is what is needed to get that many people to NOLA? God provides $10,000. How do we find work that will accommodate 14 kids? God provides a central work location at a school across the street from the host family’s home. How do we minister to the homeless in an area we know nothing about? God provides a man who has spent years building relationships with these people. How do we get our kids more involved in reaching the least? God allows two 11 year olds the opportunity to pray with homeless individuals and families on the street and then provides a time for 7 children to attend a Sunday meal with these same people.

What did seeing God answer all of the questions teach us during our trip to NOLA? That in everything, our God is sovereign, and when He is in the middle, all things are possible. Now for the biggest question of all, how will we continue to obey Him now that we are home?

Interested in learning more about what's going on in New Orleans?  Alf Nelson will be here at GFC on September 23rd during the second service in Room 401.  All are invited as he shares more about what God is doing in the Crescent City.

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