|New Orleans Seminary student Dave Best carefully cuts siding at the Habitat for Humanity Baptist Crossroads site in the Upper Ninth Ward. Nearly 700 volunteers fanned out across the city to minister on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall. Photo by Gary D. Myers |
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Nearly 700 volunteers from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary marked the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by putting “hands and feet to the Gospel” at 28 sites throughout New Orleans Aug. 29.
Subjects like pastoral ministry, missions and evangelism were not taught in the classroom on this day, but in the city. Real-world training took place in hard-hit areas like the Ninth Ward, St. Bernard Parish and the seminary’s own Gentilly neighborhood. The volunteers’ work was a message of love, hope and God’s grace -– a hug for the hurting city.
|New Orleans Seminary students and faculty install siding on a new Habitat for Humanity home in the city's Upper Ninth Ward. The site is part of the Baptist Crossroads Project, which some have called "the most hopeful place in New Orleans." Photo by Gary D. Myers |
Groups gutted homes, chopped waist-high weeds, worked on churches and prayed. Roving counseling and evangelism teams also walked through neighborhoods offering hope, encouragement and a Gospel witness not only in English but in Spanish as well. Most of all, the groups illustrated the love of God in word and in deed.
Teams went out in groups of 10-15 people wearing bright yellow-green shirts imprinted with the day’s theme -– “NOBTS: Rebuilding New Orleans in Jesus’ Name.”
NOBTS urban missions professor Ken Taylor, co-organizer of the service project, said he hopes the day will help the seminary community see how widespread the hurricane devastation is. Read More