Mississippi Redux

  Mural 5 We've signed up to go back to Mississippi this winter! I guess we must've done a good job of expressing our passion about the work we did last year, because both of the kids are joining us on the trip this time, as are some people from our congregation. It's been over…

Post-Gazette video about our trip

I think I mentioned that there was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter traveling and living with us on our trip in February. Her video and article were posted on the P-G website today. [Please let me know if this link breaks] Read and post comments | Send to a friend

Mississippi Trip blog

Well, it's been 3 weeks, but I finally got everything written up about our trip, and re-dated the posts to the day they happened rather than the day I wrote them. Here's a sort of index to my posts, so you can read them in chronological order instead of last-to-first as they appear in Vox.1…

Voluntourism

An interesting article in USA Today about Katrina volunteers… [Please let me know if this link breaks, and I'll post a copy] Read and post comments | Send to a friend

Let me sum up…

Some random thoughts in summary: We decided even before we got back home that we'd definitely like to go back again next year. Even if the Synod doesn't arrange a trip, we can just reserve spots for ourselves at Camp Victor. Or perhaps some of our friends from Trinity will want to go along next…

The Wheels on the Bus (reprise)

Another 20-odd hours ahead of us… Everyone on our little bus was all packed and ready by 9:00, so we left before the coach bus. Since we had been cold on the way down, and the people in the back had been complaining that they were too hot, we volunteered to take the "hot seat",…

Saying Good-bye

Since Saturday morning breakfast was scheduled to be just cold cereal and fruit, and since our buses weren't leaving till 9:30, we arranged Friday night to go out with Frank and Duane for real coffee and baked goods at 7:00 (sleeping in!), to the Mocha Moose, a place we discovered on our walk-about Friday afternoon.…

Ending service

Our final dinner Friday night was a special southern treat: fried catfish, red beans and rice (hot or not), corn bread, and a choice of pineapple cake or Mardi Gras King Cake. Pastor Larry had arranged for us to travel via our little bus and vans to Christus Victor Lutheran church for an 8:00 communion…

Strolling around Ocean Springs

Since we had a little time to kill before the dinner bell, Al and I took a little walk around downtown Ocean Springs (for the first time all week). We enjoyed talking to Tracy, the owner of Blue Crab Pottery. She had lots of beautiful pieces made by herself and other local artisans. All of…

Art at Camp Victor

Friday afternoon, since we got done a little early, I took some time to photograph the murals all over the front of Camp Victor. Enjoy! First, the interior artwork: many (probably most) of the groups who have passed through Camp Victor since it opened last summer have left their mark on the walls by way…