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This post is part of a series called Trail Of Fire
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It’s true… The Norris family has moved back to our home state of Texas! At least for the next three weeks. We are certainly looking forward to catching up with family and friends. Plus we have a very full schedule here in Texas as well.
The past two weeks have been nothing short of extraordinary!
This leg of the trip began in Gassville, Arkansas. There we partnered with River Of Life Church, a church located on the historic Trail of Tears.
This is a state that has suffered two very painful mass migrations. The first was the tragic forced migration of the native americans from the south-east states to Oklahoma. The second was a forced migration that came as result of severe drought in the 1930s. This area has been marked by hopelessness. However, River of Life is contending to see a new trail blazed in Arkansas. A trail of hope and fire. You can watch the interview right here
While we were in Arkansas, we took the kids to Mystic Caverns. When we arrived, the caves were closed, but a very kind employee who was doing inventory in the gift shop was nice enough to take the family on our own private spelunking tour. It’s the first time any of the kids have seen the inside of a cave and experienced total darkness (Obviously something they didn’t like).
Did I mention that we also found one of the most humorous church names ever? (I’ll just leave this here)
The next stop on the tour was Louisiana, which proved to also be the busiest state so far! We began the week at the Healing Place Church in Shreveport were we met outside the Shreveport Municipal auditorium to pray for revival in the city. Why did we chose this spot? Watch the interview with Pastor Scott Ethridge.
The Healing place is a fantastic church that I believe demonstrates why being intentional with your church culture is so important. They don’t put something on the wall, unless they see it in the hall. What does that mean? Here ya go…
Also, did I mention that the kids got to go to a gator farm. What trip to Louisiana would be complete without wrestling gators, right?
The trail didn’t end in Shreveport. I was invited down to be a part of SUM’s Mardi Gras Outreach in New Orleans. There hundreds of students spent the last few days sharing the gospel on Bourbon Street. The testimonies were awesome. Here is two of my favorites.
As you can see, very busy week! But we were not done. From New Orleans we cruised up to Alexandria where we were with Dr David Remedios at Trinity Christian Church. This is the home of the Louisiana Outpouring. Words can not describe all that took place! Service started on Wednesday night at 7pm and didn’t wrap up until after 10:30. This is one hungry and fire-filled house. Definitely a church in revival! It’s no wonder they have people driving from eight hours away to attend.
If you listen to the road cast you’ll see that we finish up with an article Jenna wrote about coffee beans and crock pots in the bathroom. I believe it will certainly bless you!
See you on the trail!