Sunday, April 26, 2009
Operation Noah- Sunday: Arriving in New Orleans
We arrived in New Orleans on Sunday afternoon, and checked in to our lodging at Hopeview Baptist Church in Chalmette. This is a church that closed, and was taken over by the North American Mission Board as the operations center for Operation NOAH. They made the Sunday School classrooms into dorm rooms with bunk beds, and the worship center is a cafeteria and meeting room. We were given an orientation by Nicole, pictured here with the group, who is the manager of the headquarters at Hopewell Baptist. Then we drove into the city and toured New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (my alma mater) and went to the French Quarter to eat and tour.
New Orleans is a strange contrast. You see many abandoned homes and homes that are falling in, but other areas, particularly the French Quarter, are thriving with activity and tourists. Sadly, some of the things we saw in the French Quarter are too vulgar to post on this site. Suffice to say that the "Big Easy" is hard in need of the gospel of Jesus Christ.