Katrina Project

Photo by Jiawei Chen

This past week, one of our church’s high school seniors created a short film clip to tell the story of Hurricane Katrina and share about our high school community’'s annual trips to help with the rebuilding effort.  What he created is remarkable on many levels; the one I want to highlight is his ownership.

He participated in our most recent trip this past July, and being the artistic guy he is, he took a ton of high-res pictures.  He’s pretty busy, so I asked him a couple weeks ago to throw together a 3-4 minute slideshow of trip photos set to music as a way to advertise for next year’s trip—a fairly quick, easy project for a guy like him.  What he returned was a moving,  beautifully edited short film.  With full honesty, I can tell you that I had no idea he would do this, or even had time for something like this.

But maybe I should have expected it.

He’'s been pretty active in our justice and service initiatives ever since he was a freshman, and so given the level of meaning and identity he’s found through those things, it is little surprise he would really want to “own” this project.  For him, our Katrina Project is not just another trip —  it’s a movement of God, and therefore it deserves the best,  including his best.  For me personally, it’s just another example that justice work, in a special way, makes something come alive in the hearts of students.


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