We just got back from New Orleans for the EFCA One conference this week. This was my first time in NOLA, but Denny has gone a few times before this to help out with technology stuff for ReachGlobal Crisis Response which is based out of Covington, Louisiana. This is also my first National Conference! Again, not Denny’s but he has worked for EFCA for 14 years so he has attended many of these conferences. We are blessed to have great family who care for our kids so we can go to events, so this week we’re enjoying NOLA without the kids!
We arrived on Saturday night and enjoyed a date night on the town. We walked around and took in some of the local culture: jazz, heat, a walk through the French Quarter and down Bourbon Street (before it go too late and too crazy). We tried alligator bites, crawfish, fried oysters, and a great po’ boy sandwich.
On Sunday we drove up to Covington, LA which is on the other side of Lake Pontchartrain for church. To get there we had on a bridge that goes almost 24 miles over the lake. Yep- you read that right 24 miles over the open water. That would be longer than driving across Lake Mille Lacs for you MN peeps.
In the afternoon we went on a tour with some of the Crisis Response Team to see the damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The amount of damage done is unbelievable. We saw houses that teams coming to NOLA had worked on, we saw empty lots that used to have homes, homes that were fixed and homes still awaiting repairs. It does not seem like it could be eight years ago that I watched the news about the hurricane. It is interesting how some areas you can barely tell anything happened at all and other areas are still so damaged.
Monday was the first day of the conference. The first half of the day was spent in a meeting for people going with ReachGlobal to serve different Europe teams. It was a great time of encouragement and clarification for many of us. We are excited to be here this week with four other people who are working on moving to Berlin with ReachGlobal . We are enjoying spending time with together, sharing our call and hearts for Berlin and ministry in general.
Denny knows so many people from his years with the National Office in MN and now I had the opportunity to meet many of them. I am glad there are name tags or I would be lost. Fortunately I have heard many of the names over the years so now I am just adding faces.
We arrived home late last night after two days of site seeing/ relaxing and three days of conference. It is great to come home rested, encouraged, and blessed. We enjoyed the time we had with some of the other people raising support to move with ReachGlobal to Berlin.