New Orleans is an amazing city filled with a unique and diverse culture of music, arts, and great cuisine. Unfortunately, it is also a city of extreme poverty. In 2016 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released a report detailing the homeless population of the City of New Orleans. As of 2016, there are nearly 4,000 men, woman, and children that are either homeless or transitioning to/from homelessness. Many of these homeless are a direct result of the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina in 2005. Other causes are the result of mental illness, drug/alcohol addiction, and economic hardships. Jesus paints a picture of His church serving the “least of these” in Matthew 12:2. New Orleans is not an exception to this call to serve. We believe that living a missional life can begin at a very young age. The concepts of a missional life are further enforced when those concepts are experienced and lived out together as a family unit. On our family trips, we tailor the trip to allow the greatest impact and transformation for all ages.

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  • Trip cost does not cover airfare or travel
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Flexibility is the key! All participants are asked to remain flexible and open to the opportunities for “being” and “doing” what the Spirit provides. Ministry and outreach activities are customized to the community’s specific needs and are specifically determined closer to the time of the trip. Our goal is to best partner with the community we are going to serve. Please keep this in mind when discussing trip details with potential participants! We have a saying, “Blessed are the flexible, for they will not get bent out of shape.”

The range of ministry opportunities can be a daily mixture of the following:

  • Street Evangelism
  • Prayer Walks (Praying with members of the community as we walk the streets)
  • Urban Plunge/ATL (Hitting the streets in search of God moments)
  • Loving on and playing with kids
  • VBS Ministry
  • Homeless Ministry
  • Food Prep and Distribution
  • Construction/Renovation Projects

Sample Schedule

Below is a sample schedule of what a typical day could look like; however, I cannot guarantee any day will look like this. Due to logistical reasons, needs/criteria of a specific ministry and cultural practices, it’s likely your schedule could change from day-to-day—and often it can do so at the last minute.

  • 06:00 AM Wake Up
  • 07:00 AM Breakfast
  • 08:00 AM Quiet Time / Get ready for the day
  • 09:00 AM Morning Ministry (Be prepared for anything)
  • 12:30 PM Lunch (PBJ’s, chips & water)
  • 01:30 PM Afternoon Ministry (Be prepared for anything)
  • 05:30 PM Clean Up/Chores/Showers/Free Time
  • 06:30 PM Dinner
  • 07:00 PM Group Debrief
  • 09:00 PM Showers/Free Time
  • 11:00 PM Lights Out
  • Bedding
    • Twin fitted sheet and blanket or sleeping bag
    • Pillow
    • Pajamas (See clothing guidelines)
  • Clothes
    • 5-7 changes of clothes that can get dirty (Please review the clothing guidelines below)
    • Church Clothes
    • Bandana or hat
    • Lightweight rain jacket (optional)
    • Knee length shorts
    • Underwear, socks
    • Walking shoes
    • Shower shoes
  • Toiletries
    • Bar soap, shampoo, razor, shaving cream
    • Deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste
    • Wash cloth, towel
    • Brush or comb
    • Hair ties, headbands, ponytail holders
    • Extra glasses, contact lenses, cleaning solution
    • Moisturizer, nail clippers, file, Q tips, Kleenex
  • Other
    • Disposable Gloves (Required for COVID-19 Safe Procedures)
    • Face Mask (Required for COVID-19 Safe Procedures)
    • Camelbak or water bottle
      • We recommend a Camelbak because it holds more water, is easier to carry around than a thermos or water bottle and it takes care of the backpack. Off brand water bags have a tendency to burst, so check reviews before purchasing.
      • Do not fill this up prior to getting to the airport. They will make you pour it out or take it.
      • If you prefer a water bottle, I recommend a Nalgene. They are durable and can take a hit.
    • Backpack
      • This comes in handy when you have Bibles, snacks, cameras that you are lugging around all day.
    • Bible, journal & pen
      • It’s a good idea to journal your thoughts while in the field. Write down what God spoke or revealed to you so you can reflect later.
    • Sunglasses
    • Medication
    • Small first-aid kit
    • Work gloves
    • Insect repellent (20% – 30% DEET is sufficient)
    • Camera
    • Battery operated fan
    • Extra batteries
    • Granola bars, snacks, drink mixes
    • Extra money for snacks & souvenirs

Clothing Guidelines

It is important to remember that when you are on the mission field ministering, you are representing God and local missionaries. Modesty is the key to all clothing you decide to bring with you. If you are questioning whether or not you should bring it, then you should probably leave it at home.

  • Bring something modest to sleep in.
  • No short, tight, or clingy clothing.
  • No low-cut tank tops or tank tops with straps thinner than one inch.
  • If you cannot raise your arms above your head or touch your toes without showing your stomach or lower back, leave it at home.
  • Shorts must come to the top of the knee. Capris and gaucho pants are great options!
  • Skirts and dresses should be below or close to the knee.
  • Make sure clothing is not stained and/or torn. You do not have to wear your best clothing but make yourself presentable.
  • Bring comfortable closed-toe shoes for walking and ministry.
  • Toms/Bobs/Chacos are a great option
  • Tennis shoes work great too
  • These are guidelines… We do not expect you to go out and buy all new clothes just to serve for a week. Jesus says come as you are, and so do we. Do your best to follow these guidelines. We will not be clothing Nazi’s. However, trip leaders have the final say on whether or not clothing is appropriate, and they may ask you to change should they deem your attire inappropriate.

New Orleans, LA

Trumpet of Truth
2399 LA-3125
Paulina, LA 70763

Lodging facilities are located in a small town about an hour outside of New Orleans, LA. It is a small cabin that is owned by our ministry partner that they use to host teams in year round. The cabin features:

  • A full kitchen;
  • 2 showers/bathrooms;
  • 5 rooms with 2-4 twin beds in each;
  • A large dining room;
  • and a very large meeting area.

FLIGHTS: If you plan on flying to New Orleans, the below information will help you plan your trip accordingly…

  • Fly into and out of (MSY) Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
  • Make considerations for your airlines baggage limitations and restrictions.
  • Plan to arrive no earlier than 3pm and no later than 5pm on your scheduled arrival date.
  • Plan to leave no earlier than 11am and no later than 1pm on your scheduled departure date.
  • Transportation too and from the airport may not be available, so plan to take an Uber or Lyft. You will need to be taken to the lodging facility address listed at the top of this page.
  • Please inform your team leader of your itinerary.
  • Flight costs are not covered by your trip costs.

DRIVING: If you plan to drive please make the following considerations when planning your trip…

  • Plan to arrive no earlier than 3pm and no later than 5pm on your scheduled arrival date.
  • Plan to leave no earlier than 11am and no later than 1pm on your scheduled departure date.
  • You will need to drive to the lodging facility address listed at the top of this page.
  • Please inform your team leader of your itinerary.
  • Travel costs are not covered in your trip cost.