This trip is going great so far.
Last night Jenna led us in a Skittles icebreaker. Different colors represented different questions, such as a talent we wished we had, our biggest fear, or our favorite food. After that we did 10min of quiet journal time where we reflected on a quote from the Habitat for Humanity founder, Millard Fuller. Everyone was asked what part of the quote spoke to them, what they hoped for from the trip, and what brought them here.
Here was the quote from his book, The Theology of the Hammer:
"Our goal in Habitat is to completely eliminate poverty housing and homelessness. We will accomplish that lofty goal by making shelter a matter of conscience. Our intention is to make substandard housing and homelessness socially, politically, morally, and religiously unacceptable."
Many people chose to offer a little bit from their journal. It was inspiring hearing the stories of personal loss or gratitude that brought people here. I think we all left happier and closer. The skittles helped! :)
Today we're going to checkout the River walk and go on a tour of the French Quarter. General goals include eating cheese grits and buying a I heart New Orleans t-shirt.
Tomorrow the work begins!
P.S. I ate Popeye's for the first time yesterday. Hey, I am from San Diego... :)