Last week, three adults and nine high school teens from the youth group I work with went to St. Bernard Parish, LA, to help with Katrina clean up. They showed us pictures from their trip last night and shared the one word that comes to mind when they think of the trip. Those include "overwhelming", "indescribable", "unbelieveable" and "amazing". They were in an area where 27,000 homes were destroyed and only 1,000 have been rebuilt in 7 months.
The pictures we have all seen show only part of the story. As far as you can see, it all looks the same. But in the midst of the devastation, they saw signs of hope and positive energy. They feel like they made a bit of a difference, but recognize that it will take years for things there to get back to "normal", if they ever do.
I'm proud to know them and that they gave up their spring break to share with those who are in need.
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