Our Life

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Most of you already know about Chad's new ministry position, but I thought I would write about it on here just in case. Since the beginning of January, Chad has been working as the College and Community Minister at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans. We joined Edgewater when we first moved to New Orleans 2 1/2 years ago and just love the church family we have there. We couldn't wait to move back down here and be able to get involved in the ministry that Edgewater does for the community. During the Fall, Chad began talking with the staff about being a semester missionary through NAMB for this year until he graduates in December. The ministry that Chad is doing is definitely a need in our community, but the church couldn't afford any more staff positions. Because of this, we have chosen to raise support for 2007 so Chad can be in this position.

The past month has been a whirlwind, but so good. Chad has been focusing on college ministry at the University of New Orleans which can be tricky because of post-Katrina New Orleans and the fact that most students at UNO are commuters. Even so, we have had some incredible times with college students. We are watching American Idol every Tuesday with students in the college apartments, Chad is working with an Intervarsity Bible study on Thursday nights, and on the weekends we usually try to plan some get together for the students. I have pictures to post later of us playing games at our apartment and salsa dancing at a place in the Quarter. Needless to say, we stay busy, but we know that in order for lives to be changed, we must invest in these students and let them see the way that Christ changes our lives.

Chad also spends time each week visiting with families in our neighborhood (Gentilly) that are lonely and depressed or just need someone to talk and pray with them. Chad has such a heart for taking care of widows, especially those all alone in FEMA trailers. Guys from the church (The L-Team) mow grass and weedeat the yards for many of these families in Gentilly. We have also started Angel Food ministries at Edgewater, which is a discount grocery ministry. It is great to be a part of a body of believers that really seek to meet the needs of the people around us, to serve them, love them, and show them Christ in a way they may have never seen.

Thanks to all our friends and family that are praying for us and supporting us during this time. We need it! God has been providing in such amazing ways where only He can get the credit for it, which is just how we want it to be!


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