Tuesday, October 09, 2007

"Who was that masked woman?"

New Orleans was wonderful! At long last, I visited dearly loved cousins in my favorite city. (See my longing lament.)

First night, dinner with cousins at Market Cafe' near the old
French Market,

last morning, "Coffee with Jesus at Cafe' du Monde." Mmm, cafe' au lait and powdered sugar beignets. (Deep fried pastries)

Plenty of family and food in between--like at Alpine's Cafe' near
Jackson Square, which serves succulent soft-shelled crab impaled with a knife!

But all is not fun in New Orleans. Please pray for the people and the city and the lethargy in high places.

While the "sliver by the river," that is, the French Quarter, the Central Business District, and St. Charles Avenue to Audubon Park, (the latter with grass growing over the unused street car tracks,) all look fairly normal, it will take a long time for the city to recover.

Even with all the aid money, many missing or wind-bent street signs in the French Quarter and elsewhere have not been replaced. How hard or costly can that be? And how can they have recovery of commerce and tourism without street signs?

And the people have a high rate of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with fewer doctors and health facilities.

But the restaurants, shops and hotels are busy, and many good Christian people want to stay home and make it work.

It's a charming, challenging, fertile mission field and I love it so much.

Thank you.


Angela Breidenbach said...

Margo, I love New Orleans also. My favorite place is the Cafe' du Monde. Begneits are God's gift to humans! LOL, really I think it's manna in disguise.

Margo Carmichael said...

Manna in disguise! Haha, no doubt about it!