NOLA // Summer 2020
New Orleans is an amazing city filled with a unique and diverse culture of music, arts, and great cuisine. Unfortunately, it is also a city of extreme poverty. In 2016 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released a report detailing the homeless population of the City of New Orleans. As of 2016, there are nearly 4,000 men, woman, and children that are either homeless or transitioning to/from homelessness. Many of these homeless are a direct result of the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina in 2005. Other causes are the result of mental illness, drug/alcohol addiction, and economic hardships. Jesus paints a picture of His church serving the “least of these” in Matthew 12:2. New Orleans is not an exception to this call to serve.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Flexibility is the key! All participants are asked to remain flexible and open to the opportunities for “being” and “doing” what the Spirit provides. Ministry and outreach activities are customized to the community’s specific needs and are specifically determined closer to the time of the trip. Our goal is to best partner with the community we are going to serve. Please keep this in mind when discussing trip details with potential participants!
**Customized trips are available.
Due to logistical reasons, needs/criteria of a specific ministry, and/or cultural practices, it’s likely things could change from day-to-day; often at the last moment. The key is to be flexible, because more than anything, we want God to do HIS work on this trip through us. We need to be open to where He is leading us. We have a saying, “Blessed are the flexible, for they will not get bent out of shape.” The range of ministry opportunities can be a daily mixture of the following:
- Street Evangelism
- Prayer Walks (Praying with members of the community as we walk the streets)
- Urban Plunge/ATL (Hitting the streets in search of God moments)
- Loving on and playing with kids
- VBS Ministry
- Homeless Ministry
- Food Prep and Distribution
- Construction/Renovation Projects
New Orleans, LA
Timothy Trumpet of Truth
7451 West St. Bernard Highway
Arabi, LA 70032
- Twin fitted sheet and blanket or sleeping bag
- Pajamas (See clothing guidelines)
- 5-7 changes of clothes that can get dirty (Please review the clothing guidelines on the last page)
- Church Clothes
- Bandana or hat
- Lightweight rain jacket (optional)
- Knee length shorts
- Underwear, socks
- Walking shoes
- Shower shoes
- Bar soap, shampoo, razor, shaving cream
- Deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste
- Wash cloth, towel
- Brush or comb
- Hair ties, headbands, ponytail holders
- Extra glasses, contact lenses, cleaning solution
- Moisturizer, nail clippers, file, Q tips, Kleenex
- Camelbak or water bottle
- We recommend a Camelbak because it holds more water, is easier to carry around than a thermos or water bottle and it takes care of the backpack. Off brand water bags have a tendency to burst, so check reviews before purchasing.
- Do not fill this up prior to getting to the airport. They will make you pour it out or take it.
- If you prefer a water bottle, I recommend a Nalgene. They are durable and can take a hit.
- This comes in handy when you have Bibles, snacks, cameras that you are lugging around all day.
- Bible, journal & pen
- It’s a good idea to journal your thoughts while in the field. Write down what God spoke or revealed to you so you can reflect later.
- Small first-aid kit
- Work gloves
- Insect repellent (20% – 30% DEET is sufficient)
- Battery operated fan
- Extra batteries
- Granola bars, snacks, drink mixes
- Extra money for snacks & souvenirs
- Camelbak or water bottle
It is important to remember that when you are on the mission field ministering, you are representing God and local missionaries. Modesty is the key to all clothing you decide to bring with you. If you are questioning whether or not you should bring it, then you should probably leave it at home.
- Bring something modest to sleep in.
- No short, tight, or clingy clothing.
- No low-cut tank tops or tank tops with straps thinner than one inch.
- If you cannot raise your arms above your head or touch your toes without showing your stomach or lower back, leave it at home.
- Shorts must come to the top of the knee. Capris and gaucho pants are great options!
- Skirts and dresses should be below or close to the knee.
- Make sure clothing is not stained and/or torn. You do not have to wear your best clothing but make yourself presentable.
- Bring comfortable closed-toe shoes for walking and ministry.
- Toms/Bobs/Chacos are a great option
- Tennis shoes work great too
- These are guidelines… We do not expect you to go out and buy all new clothes just to serve for a week. Jesus says come as you are, and so do we. Do your best to follow these guidelines. We will not be clothing Nazi’s. However, trip leaders have the final say on whether or not clothing is appropriate, and they may ask you to change should they deem your attire inappropriate.
Below is a sample schedule of what a typical day could look like; however, I cannot guarantee any day will look like this. Due to logistical reasons, needs/criteria of a specific ministry and cultural practices, it’s likely your schedule could change from day-to-day—and often it can do so at the last moment. The key is to be flexible, because more than anything, we want God to do HIS work on this trip through us—not our own. We need to be open to where He is leading us.
“Blessed are the flexible; for they will not get bent out of shape!”
- 06:00 AM Wake Up
- 07:00 AM Breakfast
- 08:00 AM Quiet Time / Get ready for the day
- 09:00 AM Morning Ministry (Be prepared for anything)
- 12:30 PM Lunch (PBJ’s, chips & water)
- 01:30 PM Afternoon Ministry (Be prepared for anything)
- 05:30 PM Clean Up/Chores/Showers/Free Time
- 06:30 PM Dinner
- 07:00 PM Group Debrief
- 09:00 PM Showers/Free Time
- 11:00 PM Lights Out
- Trip cost does not cover airfare or travel
- Deposit is non-refundable and is due 90 days prior to arrival date. Deposit must be paid to reserve your spot on the team.
- Check out our FAQ page for answers to common questions.