Wabash Blogs Immersion 2008: Katrina

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Thoughts from Andrew Kyler

At 6:00 am on March 2, 2008, a group of sleepy eyed Wabash students, led by Dr. Baer, headed down to New Orleans, Louisiana.  The 15 hour bus ride was kept interesting by various stops, including the usual gas stops but Gus’s world famous fried chicken as well.  Their chicken was deep fried with a spicy batter.  If you wanted to cool down, the waitress recommended Gus’s homemade sweet tea.  The chicken they served us was one of the best meals I had ever eaten, with the homemade sweat tea doing the chicken justice.  After spending an hour or so enjoying our lunch, we packed ourselves into the vans and journeyed towards New Orleans.  Towards the end of the trip, I glanced down at the clock on the van and was shocked to see that it was already 8:00 pm.  Soon thereafter, I realized, ‘Oh yeah, the time change!’  Even though it was only 7:00pm, I realized how long it had been since lunch.   We stopped at a Wendys and feasted.  After a few more hours of driving, we entered the Big Easy with eager minds.  The church that we were going to be spending the next six nights, throughout our mission trip, is called Westside Christian Church.  Upon entering the church, we were greeted with bright smiles that were almost as bright as the paint.  After a few minutes of debriefing about the destruction of hurricane Katrina and what work we have to expect for the next day, the majority of Wabash students hit the hay, still unclear of what the next day had in store for them.