So far the New Orleans ELCA Youth Gathering has exceeded expectations. We've repeatedly been told by local residents that they are so happy we are here. We learned that we are the largest group to come to New Orleans since Katrina in 2005. That's awesomeness. We're proud.
Here's an article.
37,000 Lutheran youth, heading out on service projects in groups of 12,000 each day. It really is kind of amazing. Praise God.