In this guest post, we hear from Reveille’s Lay Leader Bo Bowden as he reflects upon his time in Slidell, Lousiana.
Early one Sunday morning in July just after breakfast, Pastor Carl Blackburn invited us to answer a simple question. “Why are you doing this?” The night before, his church, St. John UMC in Chattanooga, TN had hosted fifty-seven Reveille members en route to our New Orleans area mission trip.
It had been the first overnight of the trip. We gave answers you might expect. “To help others, to share the love of Jesus Christ, etc.” My answer was a bit tongue in-cheek – “Why not?” Maybe the coffee hadn’t kicked in yet. Here’s my real answer: Serving on Church Council, we sometimes make decisions affecting youth ministry. I felt it to be one area I had not participated in adequately. For me, this trip was an opportunity to become more involved.