Discernment, Trust and a few other thoughts

That’s me (Dan) in the blue shirt facing the camera, giving directions on leveling the floor at Eagle Street.

I am in New Orleans and I am content.  I am excited to get up each morning and meet my volunteers and work on Mrs. Lewis’ home.  Often, it is challenging, but I ask questions and keep moving.  I come home exhausted, but revitalized when I begin to cook a great dinner with my roommates.  This is often followed by finding something to entertain us for the evening.  Whether that is a card game, a movie, an art project, or some local music, it doesn’t really matter because we enjoy one another’s company, or at least I enjoy their company…

Clockwise from the green shirt: Gloria, Austin, Dan and Ben peeling fresh shrimp!

Left to right: Austin, Ben and Dan eating a home cooked meal!

You may be asking where I am going with this.

At this point last year, I had no idea I would be in New Orleans this year.  But through the Young Adult Volunteer program and with the support of friends and family, I am here now.  And it is a great fit for me!  I didn’t plan very far in advance to come here, but when the opportunity was presented, I took hold and I feel that God is using me and a lot of my strengths and my life experiences while I’m here.  I feel that this is where I am supposed to be now.

With that said, I am excited for what the future holds, trusting that it will be just as good and if not, it will be preparing me for a future opportunity!  So, over the next month or so while we (the Young Adult Volunteers) work through a discernment process, I trust that God will light the way and I am excited for the plans in store for the future, but still enjoying today.

This is CJ and his wife (the homeowners), my first group of volunteers and myself


(Update: Dan is still in need of $4,175.00 to complete the fundraising necessary to support his year and the YAV program. If you or anyone you know would like to support Dan’s year of service, please let us know!)


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