We had the best time hanging with the crew from Louisiana State University Chi Alpha. They came for a week and just left on Saturday. They helped us out at St. Marks Central and St. Marks South. They painted, handed out fliers, did surveys on two different campuses, and even babysat our kids.
We have actually never before encountered a team that was so content, flexible, and friendly. They were truly the essence of what a short-term ministry team should be: a blessing for the long-term work that is happening. Their leader, Jonathan Buras, goes way back with us. Jonathan and his wife, Ali, were students with me (Katy) at LSU back when I was a student. They later came to work at OU with us a few years later. Upon returning to their alma mater, they kept in close contact with us and others in our ministry circle. When they told us they'd like to take a missions trip to Ireland, we were overjoyed!
We cannot thank every member of the team enough for coming and helping. Jonathan, Morgan, Cade, Meaghan, Allie, Saraya, Alex, Katie, Cindy, Aaron, and Claire - you guys are da bomb. We absolutely loved getting to know you for a short time and hope to see you again soon.