Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Depart: Saturday - June 20, 2015 @ 8:00am
Return: Saturday - June 27, 2015 @ 7:00pm
Cost: $200 per person
Mission Activities: Vacation Bible School and Backyard Bible Clubs
Lodging: Pensacola Hotel & New Orleans Theological Seminary dorms
Transportation: 12-passenger van and SUV
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The world knows New Orleans as a place filled with sinners and endless French Quarter parties. The reality is that New Orleans is filled with people living their day-to-day lives, trying to make ends meet, and in need of Jesus Christ. In New Orleans and throughout the outlying areas, families continue to rebuild their lives in a city that still bears the scars of Hurricane Katrina - and the destruction it left behind. Along with absorbing the unique flavor of New Orleans, the Impact! Church Mission Team will spread the love of Christ to children through the city in order to help rebuild lives and restore hope.
The Impact! Church Mission Team will be working with a small mission church to help them conduct Vacation Bible School in inner-city New Orleans. We will also be using a local park in the afternoon to conduct a Backyard Bible Club for neighborhood children. These mission assignments will involve hands-on community involvement, prayer walking, some trash clean-up, handing out flyers and spending quality time with kids. Our work will not only help inner-city New Orleans; children have fun, but also fill them with Christ-centered activities that can be life changing!
The Impact! Orleans mission team will be staying in dormitory-style housing on the campus of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The dorms are furnished with bunk beds, with 4-6 campers per room. There are group shower rooms on each floor. Each mission team member will need to bring their own pillows, bed linens, towels, and toiletries. The campus features several recreational areas, including a pool and gymnasium. There are not laundry facilities on campus, but there is a public laundromat across the street from the seminary if emergency cleaning must be done.
At all times Impact! Church will be with an adult chaperone - no exceptions. This includes join the campus of The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the mission sites. The seminary campus that is both gated and has 24-hour security. The campus police team patrols the campus regularly throughout the day and night and also monitors whoever enters and leaves the campus. We will also ensure safety at the mission sites by providing complete training prior to the trip, only work in those sites during daylight hours and will make a pre-site planning trip to New Orleans (about a month before the actual mission trip) to assess that all mission sites are safe and secure to the best of our ability.
The New Orleans Theological Seminary cafeteria will be providing a hot breakfast and dinner each day of the mission trip. They will also provide a sack lunch to take into the mission sites each day. Due to the large number of mission teams that will be on campus the week of the trip - and the time considerations for the mission team - we cannot make special meal provisions for those with severe food allergies and special dietary needs. We ask that any Impact! Church Mission Team member with severely limiting food allergies or special dietary needs purchase - at their own cost - food at a grocery store once the teams arrive in New Orleans. We will be more than happy to provide storage space for those items.
Casual, comfortable clothes are recommended for both ministry and free time. Shorts must extend at least one inch below fingertips while standing. Running shorts that “swoop” up on the sides are not acceptable if they do not meet the length requirement all the way around.Beware of any offensive or insensitive material printed on t-shirts. You can roll the sleeves up and sleeveless shirts may be worn, but thin strapped tank-tops, low necklines, and midriffs are not allowed. No part of undergarments must ever be seen. Due to sudden rainfall in New Orleans, girls should pack more than just white t-shirts. Closed-toe shoes with closed heels must be worn. No flip-flops, sandals or slides. Low-cut hip hugger jeans are not allowed unless a shirt is worn long enough to cover the backside and midriff. For males, board shorts are acceptable swimwear (no speedos). For females, modest one-piece swimsuits or tankinis that - at all times (even with arms raised) - completely cover the midriff are acceptable. NO two-pieces, mono-kinis, bikinis, or anything that reveals midriff or is very low-cut. It’s a good idea to bring a light rain jacket—afternoon showers are common.
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On Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday night of the mission trip, there will be large group worship services led by seminary students and staff. These services feature a worship band, special speaker and feature full production that creates an exciting environment where mission teams from all over the United States can celebrate and make a really big deal of Jesus. The Impact! Church Mission Team will be challenged by relevant, engaging Bible teaching that will help to lead us into a deeper walk with Christ.