On my mission trip to New Orleans I discovered many god moments. In Peoria I realized how much disaster foundations actually do for disaster victims , in Memphis I learned how everyone doesn’t live the same life style as I do, and in New Orleans I learned that using my own ability to read actually helped a little girl be more interested in doing her work. But these where just the big “ Yay Gods” there was also many other little “Yay Gods”. One of the smaller “Yay Gods” would be to see all 10,000 of us Minnesota youth getting on and off our buses at each stop we made. Everyone was always excited to get off the bus and help. We were all also very enthused to be able to help the people that we got to help!
Although all three of those things were a big part of our trip the one that really hit home to me was the one in Memphis. In Memphis we worked with the organization called MIFA. This organization brought us to an elderly lady’s home, named Ophelia. She was a less fortunate older lady that was sick. She lived in a home by herself right along side of her daughter and 3 grandkids. Ophelia couldn’t really do much for herself and was in desperate need for us to help her clean out her house and re-paint her walls.
When we got there we all went separate ways to help clean her bedroom, living room , and her deck. I went in her bedroom along with Mar, Hannah, Jake and Katie. This is when it really hit home for me; Mar and I were helping her clean off a couch and we found a toilet plunger in a plastic grocery bag. Mar picks it up and asked what’s this for? Ophelia looks up and responds with, “ That’s how I was my clothes, I put my soap and water in my bath tub and use that to swish my clothes around and rinse them out.” At this point I had the most clank look on my face. I didn’t know what to do. Mar looks up at me and gave me a look I have never seen before. Still not knowing how to respond I walked outside to take a break. All I could do was think that at home all I have to do is throw my clothes in the washer and turn the knob. But this nice elderly lady had to go through all this work just to wash her clothes.
This is definitely the moment that will stand out the most in my mind. Even though there was many other “Yay Gods” this one no matter what will stand out whenever I think about out trip. This trip was a great experience and I am very glad I got the chance to take this journey.