Partnering with God to Help a New Orleans Church

By Jennifer Taylor

Indian Creek Christian Church (Indianapolis, Indiana) is more than halfway through “Project 52”—a 52-day challenge to complete construction on a new church building in New Orleans with at least 5,200 hours of labor and an additional $52,000 in funding.

Five years after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the city, New Orleans residents “are still rebuilding their lives, particularly spiritually,” writes Indian Creek senior minister Gary Johnson. “That’s why a group of people has formed a church called The Gathering and have established it . . . where some of the greatest destruction occurred.”

The time, money, and labor from Project 52 will go to finish the church’s community center, appropriately named The Gathering Place. The young church will worship and lead community outreach from this new building.

Indian Creek asked members to participate in mission trips to work on the project, including a trip led by Johnson this week. About two dozen other churches across the country are also working, raising money, and praying for the project.

God’s people rebuilt the walls around Jerusalem in just 52 days, Johnson says. “It was an enormous feat that was accomplished by God working through his people in a focused, intense way. Knowing that God doesn’t change, we’re asking God to do the same again—this time in New Orleans.”


Jennifer Taylor, one of Christian Standard’s contributing editors, lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Read her blog by clicking here.

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