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Lutheran High School, Parker - CO

Serving In Gulf Coast
March 11, 2023
Community: Grand Isle
Partner: Community Church of Grand Isle
Staff: Tiffany Parham, Matthew Palmer, Craig Parham, Morgan Shepherd, Gregory Trumbach

We are Here!!

by Matthew Palmer | March 11, 2023 9:52 PM

We safely made it to Grand Isle to serve the community! We are excited to see what this week holds!

We are Here!!

Lord's Day

by Gregory Trumbach | March 12, 2023 4:43 PM

After worshipping with Community church of Grand Isle, we checked on our worksites for this week's service projects. The need is huge. Looks like a hurricane hit yesterday in some areas.

This evening we will gather our tools and make assignments to divvy the work. As the preacher described this morning, we must be fluid to serve Jesus. We might not know which hour we will start or finish a task, but we will in season and out of season complete the good work the Lord has begun in us.

Lord's Day

Sunday Night Debrief

by Matthew Palmer | March 12, 2023 8:43 PM

Tonight, we were able to share GOD moments with each other, listen to a meaningful devotion, and prepare for the week ahead!

Sunday Night Debrief

Orange Juice

by Morgan Shepherd | March 12, 2023 11:42 PM

We were so blessed today to be able to hear Tiffany’s story of God’s provision in her life and on this island. We are working closely this week with Mama Tiff as she heads up our projects and connections while also providing delicious Cajun home cooked meals for us.
Orange Juice

Clearing Out & Cleaning Up

by Morgan Shepherd | March 12, 2023 11:57 PM

In the afternoon, we got started right away by working on some projects around the church. Some of us helped clear out some bunk rooms that had been used for storage. We sorted everything into keep, donate to the school, and trash piles.

Clearing Out & Cleaning Up

Dumpster Day

by Gregory Trumbach | March 13, 2023 11:38 AM

Today brother Greg, who pastors near New Orleans and experienced hurricane Katrina, guided us to a home with piles of debris. It's been 18 months since hurricane Ida hit Grand Isle, but the work has just begun.

We quickly filled a huge dumpster being careful not to get hurt by nails, sharp metal, and various objects. The smell was immense at times. The homeowner called us an Army of love.

Ready for our faith in Christ to continue to work by love in the days ahead.

Dumpster Day

Gutting a House

by Matthew Palmer | March 13, 2023 4:22 PM

Some of us were able to serve by gutting a house that was damaged by a hurricane! We accomplished many tasks! 

Gutting a House

Free time at the beach!

by Matthew Palmer | March 13, 2023 6:14 PM

Some of us went to the beach to chill for a little bit before dinner after a great first day of work! 

Free time at the beach!

On Fire for Jesus

by Morgan Shepherd | March 13, 2023 11:15 PM

After a delicious gumbo dinner, we all went to the beach for a bonfire and devo under the stars. We also made a joyful noise by singing songs and beating on drums. It was a great way to end the day.

On Fire for Jesus

Most Intense Day

by Gregory Trumbach | March 14, 2023 10:47 AM

Demolished 2 raised houses today with the help of a local and an excavator. Lots of flying debris, but we made huge piles in an orderly fashion.

Lots of hands were needed and the Body of Christ was ready. Multiple teams were needed to finish this project. It's fun serving Jesus and being a witness to the hurting, even when it isn't a day for recreation.

Most Intense Day

Demolition Final Day

by Matthew Palmer | March 15, 2023 4:40 PM

Today, we were able to finish tearing down/ cleaning up dry wall and other parts from the house! We had a lot of fun completing this project as well!

Demolition Final Day

Prayer Over the Houses

by Matthew Palmer | March 15, 2023 4:48 PM

After our final day of working in Grand Isle, we went to the houses we worked on this week and prayed for the owners of these houses!

Prayer Over the Houses


by Gregory Trumbach | March 15, 2023 5:18 PM

After filling another dumpster with house debris in the morning, we gutted 1 more moldy house at another location in the afternoon. Masks and hazmat suits were a must. Any unthankfulness for our comfy houses back home was wiped away. We found many witty ways to clear out 1 last residence.

We stopped to pray at a couple places that we couldn't finish. Eating an elephant 1 bite at a time is the only way to help Grand Isle overcome hurricane Ida. Scripture says, "A little here and a little there." May our acts of service implant mustard seeds of faith in the people of this Gulf Coast town. With faith nothing is impossible in Christ.


Rec Day

by Matthew Palmer | March 16, 2023 11:47 PM

Today we experienced why people live in Grand Isle. After a boat ride, where we saw the birds and dolphins of Sportsmen's Paradise, we went crabbing on Piers using chicken necks.

We then got to eat some of the crabs we caught at a crawfish boil catered for volunteer relief workers. The boiled shrimp was excellent.

It was a good Last Supper for a great short term mission trip. Returning home spiritually refreshed.

Rec Day

Sunset on the Island

by Matthew Palmer | March 16, 2023 11:49 PM

As our final day at Grand Isle came to a close, we were able to watch the sunset on the Island! We have had an amazing week serving God and others! 
Sunset on the Island

Goodbye Lutheran High School

by Matthew Palmer | March 17, 2023 6:29 AM

We all woke up at 5:00 AM to start heading home! We will miss the partners and the church, but we hope to be back soon! 
Goodbye Lutheran High School

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