So, most of you have probably heard about Hurricane Katrina, right? In a nutshell, this was a massive hurricane that developed in August of 2005, and it hit America hard. The area that took the brunt of the blow was Louisiana, most notably, New Orleans. You may have heard stories about citizens taking refuge in the Superdome, which is the New Orleans Saints’ home stadium; if I recall, that was one of the more “popular” stories at the time. In any case, New Orleans was a mess after the hurricane, but here’s a piece of news you might not have known: it still is a mess.
Would you believe me if I told you that of the 350,000 current New Orleans residents, 15,000 are homeless? 30% of of New Orleans residents live below the poverty line, and a third of the residents don’t have access to a car. Let me put this into perspective for you. The average per capita income in America in 2012 was roughly $42,000. The average household income in New Orleans is only $27,000. That means that as an average, if an American family consists of two working adults and two kids, the household income would be about $84,000, or over triple the number in New Orleans. But, it’s not all about the money.
You see, after the hurricane, many people had to leave New Orleans. Many houses were destroyed, or they were damaged so badly that they’re not in a suitable condition for living. Most of these people didn’t have the money to make such large repairs at their disposal, so many people just abandoned their homes and stayed wherever they fled to. Maybe they went to live near other family. So there are many abandoned homes in New Orleans where the former residents either don’t have the money, time, or determination needed to make the repairs. That’s where Crossroads Missions comes in.
Crossroads is a missions organization that helps rebuild in New Orleans. They help repair homes for former residents, and they take part in other projects to help the community as well. This summer, my youth group will be working with Crossroads Missions to take a trip to New Orleans where we will take part in the rebuilding process for a week. This is something that we Christians tend to overlook; when we think about missions trips, we think about going someplace international such as Africa or a Latin American country. This isn’t always the case, as there are plenty of opportunities to help the less fortunate here in America, not all that far away from home.
If you’re reading this, consider keeping my youth group in your thoughts and prayers this summer, since New Orleans will be quite a change in pace, activity, and climate for us. I’m very excited about this opportunity, and I hope that God will work something amazing through the trip. Actually, scratch that. I know that God will work something amazing through this trip.
Thanks For Reading,