Message 3 / Day 3 October 18

We spent the night at a FEMA tent shelter with military, engineers, and various other volunteers. There are 1000 cots set up in rows with a pillow, blanket, sheet, (and a snickers bar when we arrived last night). There is a huge dining room capable of feeding hundreds with a large kitchen. We must confess we’re being well fed as FEMA has hired a caterer – the food is GREAT! We have plenty of bottled water, decent tent showers with hot water, and portable trailers with three stall port-a-potties. All this is run by multiple generators. We even have air conditioning. Life is good.

We left for Tent City at 8 am, it's only a mile away. We drove through neighborhoods of brick façade homes. It was a visual of what the day after the rapture could look like, minus the residue of mud. It’s hard to imagine how they are going to be able to clean this city. St Bernard Parish has 40,000 homes. Only 400 were not flooded. We had our morning devotions in the RV and opened the doors of the clinic at 9am.

By the end of the day, we had served 160 patients, and spent many man hours listening to the stories as we gave injections, filled prescriptions, and cleaned wounds. Our patients try to keep a stiff upper lip and we all end up teary as their story ends and they move on and the next patient comes. They have a deep need to tell their story. We are privileged to be the listeners and encouragers. When we tell them our families, friends, churches, and Americans truly want to help and are moved with compassion for them, they cry. Our presence is visable evidence to them that they are not forgotten and that someone cares. We’re caught off guard at times to realize we are in America, seeing what we’re seeing.

We’ve had many opportunities to pray with and share scripture with them. One family prayed to receive Christ today. Many say that they trust God to care for them and He will help them survive.

Pastor Randy and Pastor Glenn (seen in the picture) took us on a tour of the neighborhood. They are the ones that stepped up initially and started helping wherever they could. They could have moved on as they lived in the parish, also, but they won’t abandon their people. They want to stay and help rebuild. They are true heroes.

Our team has bonded and is working like a well oiled machine. We’re tired but happy. It’s been a good day.