Today Jennifer, Joanna, and I are flying out of San Diego on a grand adventure. After a day and a half at my parent's house in Indiana, we'll say goodbye to JoJo and drive to Waveland, Mississippi. The drive will take all day Saturday and a small part of Sunday morning. We'll join the other 22 adventurers who make up the San Diego District 2009 Katrina Rebuild Team for a church service at the St Louis Bay United Methodist Church. We will spend Monday through Friday working as hard as we can to transform what was destruction and desolation into a new and glorious opportunity for rebirth and rebuilding of lives and spirits.
It's hard to believe that almost four years later the work is still needed. The reality is, however, that four years from now their will probably still be a need for this work. It's just hard to fathom the amount of destruction Katrina did. Not to mention all of the hurricanes that have come since then.
I learned many years ago in my earliest mission trips the power that mission service can have on individuals and communities. Even more powerful sometimes is the transformation that comes to those who are doing the service. If we are truly going to embrace the idea of Transforming the World, mission service is the way to do that. Please know that we will hold all of you in our hearts as we travel, work, and sweat. And we are honored to be your representatives to this area that is still in such need of God's abundant and unconditional love.