We Believe!

Trip Start Jul 14, 2010
Trip End Jul 21, 2010

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

"But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, The Son of the Living God" John 20:31

                And we raised our hands and cried AMEN! What an amazing and blessed day we had; from an easy morning to a great dinner to an unforgettable evening of worship and growth at our mass event. There are over 25,000 youth that have officially invaded New Orleans as of today. There is a group from every state except for Maine and Vermont here at the youth gathering. It is amazing to spend time with so many other youths and leaders that are here for the same reason, because WE BELIEVE.

                We started out the morning by getting a little more sleep than we had been (3 more hours! we went from 6am to 9am!) and the Elizabeth and Rachel made their way down to the pool, which turned out to be quite small, but it was relaxing. While we were there, Ava and Pastor Rockey headed down to check us in for the NYG and we received our neon-lime-green backpacks and shirts, our Bibles, and our schedules. Our backpacks are extremely bright and it is impossible to walk through the streets of New Orleans without seeing some.

                Once we all regrouped we decided to head over to Creole Creamery which is famous for it's variety of flavors (from classics like chocolate and vanilla to flavors like beet, lavender honey, and cucumber!) and it's huge bowl of 8 scoops (I can't remember what it's called, but it's so big that if you can finish it all by yourself you get your name on a plaque-none of us tried, not for $25-it also has just about every topping available on it). After that we drove around the Garden District and stopped in at a few shops-including a shoe store and had fun trying on shoes, or at least Rachel and Elizabeth did-on a shopping strip and from there headed over to dinner at Pascal Manal's Restaurant where we had absolutely amazing service and even better food, this restaurant was the birthplace of BBQ-shrimp, a meal so messy they put a bib on you! From there we headed over to The Dome so we could get a good seat for the Mass Event. We were able to get seats that were one row back in the seat section of the dome.

                The Mass Event was simply spectacular. We started off with some great worship songs and then went into meeting the people who were leading. Throughout the event we were able to see Mark Demel, the sand painter, do his work; hear inspiring words from Rev. Gregory T. Manning; experience a lyrical song (which will continue as the week progresses); watch a skit (that will also progress throughout the week); and pray together as a people brought together by one God and one faith. There is something absolutely amazing and soul-stirring about singing praises to our LORD with over 25,000 other people. Every night we will get to experience this, and we are all very excited.

                When the Mass Event ended we headed back over to our hotel, along with all 25,000 other people here, the witnessing we do by simply walking on the streets with our backpacks in such large numbers is amazing. We have had multiple people ask us what the backpacks are for and why there are so many young people with them, and by that we are able to open the door and begin a conversation. This will be a great experience of growth and everyday will be great. Tomorrow we have an opening Bible study and then we are going to work at the Florida-Georgia District Booth for an hour and a half and then we will be able to walk around the convention center and visit booths and some interactive events. In the afternoon we will be visiting some seminars and then have some more time to walk around the booths and then we will have another Mass Event at The Dome. We’ll end the day by spending time at the Florida-Georgia District Gathering at the Aquarium as we get to spend time with other people from our district. Thank you again for all your prayers and support, God’s Blessings!

We Believe!

Rachel Rockey

Elizabeth Rockey

Pastor Rockey

Ava Hovis
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Maureen on

The trip sounds wonderful and I know you are experiencing a great sense of belongng to Gods people. Thanks for the pictures. We will continue to lift you up in our prayers

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Thank you!

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