From June 9-14, thirteen members in our Maranatha community traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana to help serve God’s people as they continue to recover from Hurricane Katrina.
Maranatha High School seeks to integrate faith into every aspect of our living, learning, and serving. One opportunity given to the student body to grow in an understanding of service to the world is our Global Stewardship Program, and this summer eight Maranatha students and five members of our faculty and staff traveled for another year in a row to New Orleans. While in New Orleans, the group had the chance to grow together and help the people of New Orleans heal from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Mike Mancini, Maranatha’s Global Stewardship Program Advisor, said, “God really blessed us during that week. We had opportunities each day to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those around us. It was easy to see God at work in our group and in the places we were blessed to visit.” While in New Orleans, the Maranatha team visited ARC of Greater New Orleans, Love in Action Food Bank, Garden on Mars, and Ms. Gloria’s Garden. Mr. Mancini continued, “This year’s trip was more physical in terms of jobs. We did weeding and gardening and helped out at a food bank. We also sorted and packaged 1,300 pounds of recycled Mardi Gras beads at ARC of Greater New Orleans. Each year ARC collects tons of Mardi Gras throws all over New Orleans and they sort and package the beads to create recycled throws to sell to help create jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
Serving the Lord and others on this Global Stewards Trip can best be described as eye-opening, and the team is looking forward to sharing the impact it made in each of their lives.