Five Star Experience – New Orleans Style

JennyWhen you visit the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, you are treated to the highest level of customer experience. There’s attention to detail in every environment. The staff serve to anticipate and fulfill your needs, even when unexpressed. It’s a true five-star experience. This morning, our missions team brought a taste of this experience to serve the homeless in New Orleans. I loved every moment of it!

We partnered with Crescent City Cafe, an organization founded by a group of young women who  have a passion to meet the needs of the homeless in the inner-city – the New Orleans Mission provided the facility. The vision of the breakfast outreach event is to treat the homeless individuals like valued customers — during previous occasions, volunteers have dressed in button-up shirts and formal attire to serve. 

Our team rocked it! From cooking in the kitchen and seating the guests to serving food and clearing tables, the team was incredible in providing the highest level eating experience. Special care was placed in the presentation of the ham/cheese quiche – gotta place the garnish just so. 🙂 Coffee and OJ cups were refilled quickly as customers finished their drinks. Team members even had an opportunity to pray for the needs of their table guests!

I enjoyed serving one of the breakfast tables — my table customers included everyone from a former Mardi Gras parade dancer to a man from Kansas who came to New Orleans to help in the post-Katrina relief efforts. Loved keeping up with their table orders and getting to know them. No matter what their circumstance, they were thankful for the food and experience.

I’m reminded of the verse in Matthew 25:35 when Jesus says “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…” Ultimately, we serve with excellence because we’re serving Jesus – we do it for Him and Him alone!

I’m so thankful for the privilege our team had to serve this morning and throughout the week. So amazing to connect with the New Orleans Dream Center! Also thankful to the Church of the King staff and their gracious hospitality — they have offered the team their own five-star experience.

Headed to the Saturday night service at Church of the King tonight — thanks to everyone for your prayers!

Jenny

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~ by Celebration Missions on June 27, 2009.

2 Responses to “Five Star Experience – New Orleans Style”

  1. So excited to read all of the blogs and hear the amazing stories from the trip. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  2. So awesome to hear what God did through you and the team in New Orleans! Love ya!

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