Date: June 20, 2008 - June 28, 2008

Our Youth Mission Team has returned after serving in New Orleans, LA.
We left Cook on June 20th & headed to the Twin Cities. On the 21st, we started a long train ride (actually, a bus took us to Chicago because of all the flooding in WI). Our train arrived in New Orleans on June 22nd at 4 pm. After having dinner at the ministry house (thanks Chris & Steph!) & learning what we were to do, we went on a prayer walk through the Gentilly neighborhood.
Monday-Wednesday we were cleaning lots in the Gentilly & Lakeview neighborhoods.  We worked with groups from Texas, Indiana & Missouri.  These lots had weeds taller than us!
Wednesday evening, we debriefed at the ministry house with Chris, Stephanie & Aimee Page & were treated to a BBQ by their next door neighbor Mary Ann Theriot. Thank you, Mary Ann, for the delicious food & for sharing your pool with us!
Thursday, we started the long journey back to MN.  We arrived back in the Twin Cities at 3:15 am on June 28th.  Thanks to God for giving us safety & the opportunity to serve others!  Thanks to the church family at First Baptist for your prayer support while we were gone & for all the other ways you have given to us.
We will be giving a more detailed report of our trip in church very soon...
Pam Ruuska
Address:New Orleans, LA