On March 12th, 2017 there were 9 guys who left from Marietta First Baptist Church to serve in the city of New Orleans. There were six North Greenville football players (Anthony Blair, Johnny Burch, Austin Cooke, Jewl Bell, Eddie Martin, and Dominique Richardson), student Jordan Kinard, Head Coach Jeff Farrington, and Brian Spearman. The team stayed at the New Orleans Baptist Seminary.
Day 1: March 13th:
The first day was jam packed with ministry and fun! The first day the team worked with North American Mission Board pastor and lead pastor of Level Ground Church Joshua Holland. Pastor Josh took the team on a prayer walk in a neighborhood called Hollygrove. The team’s first stop was at the senior center in Hollygrove. The residents were amazing to talk to and there were several WWII vets. The best part was getting to sing with the choir at the center a song called “I’m Running for the Lord”.
The next stop was Lafayette Academy which is a public school in Hollygrove that serves K5-8th grade. Pastor Josh arranged for the team to minister all over Hollygove. The team was able to go and meet the middle school students at lunch and participate in the Next Generation ministry. Johnny Burch shared his testimony with about 40 middle school students and the players also got to introduce themselves to a few first and second-grade classes. We had po’boys from a local place called Crabby Jacks for lunch.
The final ministry stop on the first day was to work with the Jesus Project ministry with two ladies Rachal De La Rosa and Debra Hoffman that they started right after Hurricane Katrina. The team has worked with the Jesus Project for two years. The players were able to invite the after-school children to come to a football camp they would be running the next two days. A few players also helped tutor the students at the Jesus Project.
The players opted to close the night out by going to the French Quarter and eating beignets at Café Du Monde. The funniest thing of the day was when the team visited a hot sauce shop. The lady running it dared them to try some hot sauce that she put on the end of a toothpick. The players decided to answer the challenge and all of them were literally out of commission for the next few minutes. The reaction was one of the funniest things I have ever witnessed.
To be continued…