This morning nine youth and four adults from Holy Cross met early at the Spokane airport to fly to New Orleans (with a layover in Seattle) to attend the LCMS National Youth Gathering. On the flight from Seattle we met four other groups heading to the Gathering from the Northwest, including two churches from the Seattle area, one from Boise, and one from Portland. We are pretty sure over half the plane was headed to New Orleans for the Gathering!
Both flights were on time and, thankfully, uneventful. Once we arrived in New Orleans, we took a shuttle bus to the hotel and met our final youth member who was in New Orleans already. After a long day of travel, we took time to eat dinner, relax, check out the pool, and hang out in our rooms. Tomorrow we will begin the day with a river cruise followed by sightseeing around the French Quarter. The Gathering itself begins with the opening mass event at 7:30 pm.
We thank you for your support over the past year of planning and preparing for our trip to the gathering.
Please keep us in your prayers. Specific prayer requests for Saturday are:
- Safe travels throughout New Orleans as we will be walking a lot
- Good weather
- Help adjusting to the two-hour time difference
- And a right spirit to receive the blessings which God seeks to offer us in the coming days.