Today we arrived at the sight early morning. We worked all through the morning while it was sprinkling a little. We finally evened out the pathway we dug out and cleared more weeds from the other site.
Then it began to thunderstorm and rain and we had to unfortunately go home.
We are determined to lay that brick down for the pathway tomorrow and completely clear the site next door by working twice as hard!
The weather looks promising for the rest of the week! Keep your fingers crossed for us!
Day 2 - part 2
Welcome to Genevieve’s home!
Today we started to dig up the walkway. We found it wasn’t as easy as we thought it was after having to dig through dirt, then shells, then mud.
We also began to clear to site next door to her home which is her cousin’s home. The weeds were all very high since it’s been 9 years since Katrina. Jack really got the work done with his machete and we got further than originally thought!
During lunch we decided to venture around the neighborhood and we entered some of the abandoned home as shown above. Seeing the baby’s shoe and teddy bear that was still there after so long made my heart so heavy.
But at the same time made me feel good because little by little we are getting a step closer to making families get back home. Every bit of dirt removed to lay the brick is a step closer, every weed removed we get another step closer.
Sharing a good meal! - Concordia
More pictures from Concordia!
Concordia, Kansas: Our day involved renovating (lots of painting) the local youth center for the city of Concordia. The center provides an alternative safe and supportive environment for the teens of Concordia. Some students also volunteered with Meals on Wheels!
Day 2 - part 1
Welcome Home Ethel!
Ethel, one of the survivors of Katrina, was able to move into her home today with her family! We learned that St Bernard’s Project has helped 550 families go back home in the past 9 years. Luckily we were able to go to the ceremony she hosted for us. She allowed 80 students from all over the country enter her home and look at it. She also fed all of us chicken, peas and egg salad (I wonder how many chickens it took to feed us all 😳).
"It’s people like you that make miracles happen"
While touring the mother house of the sisters of saint Joseph of Concordia, Sister Anne Marie gave the amazing history between the sisters and the city Concordia! The mother house was simply amazing with so many meaningful artifacts and beautiful pieces of religious art.
Today’s reading of the Gospel ” Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me”
Some of us participated with the Meals on Wheels of Concordia, delivering meals to the elderly. Through encountering lonely elders, we encounter Christ. It serves us all as a reminder of our call to respect the dignity of the elderly.
"Jesus open my eyes so that I can see you and love you in my neighbor"