20 Years of Mission Trips 

in New Orleans

Our Story:

MissionLab is passionate about seeing lives changed through short-term missions. We’ve been loving & serving the city of New Orleans in the name of Jesus since 2000, and we want to help you engage your group in missions. We plan custom mission trips for groups of all sizes and ages throughout the year. We believe that anyone can be a missionary, and New Orleans is the perfect training ground.

Our Team

Our team is invested in New Orleans – we live here, go to church here, serve our neighbors and live out the Gospel in the city we love. Investing in relationships year-round is what makes MissionLab different, and you can trust that the work will continue even after you’ve left New Orleans.

Pete Harbin

Director

Pete was born and raised in Northport, AL. He went on his first international mission trip at the age of 15 and has had a passion for missions ever since. After college, He volunteered with the mission organization called The Grain Game for two years. He received his M. Div. in Missions from NOBTS in 2015. He enjoys time in the water whether that be swimming in the ocean or going on a boat in the lake.

Bob Jackson

Associate Director – Adult Programs

Bob has served with MissionLab since September 2005. He has a passion for missions, having served with the International Mission Board for ten years working among Muslims in restricted access countries. Bob has a pastor’s heart and desires to lead others to have a passion for missions and reaching the lost for Christ. Bob is a graduate of NOBTS, and New Orleans is his hometown.

Ben Barber

Administrative Assistant

Ben is from Decatur, AL. He is a student at Leavell College, majoring in Christian Ministry with minors in Biblical Studies and Youth Ministry. He is passionate about students and young adults coming to a deep relationship with the Lord through His word. He enjoys sports, music, and food. Ben is excited to serve groups and the New Orleans community for God’s glory.

Loren Aldridge

Female Summer Staff Bible Study Leader/ NOBTS Liaison

Loren was born and raised in Meadville, MS. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University and holds a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in PR. Loren developed a heart for foreign and local missions after participating in several mission projects in her hometown and traveling to Vancouver, Canada to work with Middle Eastern Refugees. She enjoys working with children and women in the local church. She is passionate about seeing the Kingdom of God grow through discipleship, sharing the love of Jesus Christ, and teaching the Word of God. Loren moved to New Orleans in Feb. 2018 to continue pursuing her Masters of Divinity Standard and to better serve the city that she has come to love. In her free time you can find her practicing photography as she explores the city, spending time with friends and family, participating in outdoor activities, or going to a sporting event.

Ryan Wade

Marketing Assistant

Ryan is from Bainbridge, Georgia. After responding to the gospel at age 18, his life took another path than originally planned. Ryan is a student at Leavell College and will be starting his M.Div in the spring of 2020. He has served in churches as Children, Youth, and Collegiate Pastor. Ryan developed a heart for missions almost immediately after his salvation and has served in several roles in the states, as well as overseas in Taiwan, Cuba, and Peru. Ryan’s greatest joy apart from Christ, is his wife, Elisa. You can catch Ryan doing anything sports related, and he loves the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves.

Frequently Asked Questions

What you’ll need to know to have a life changing missions experience!

• Lodging in campus dorms or hotel-style rooms
• Three meals a day (hot breakfast, sack lunch, and a hot dinner)
• Professional staff to facilitate your experience
• Ministry site assignments that match the ability and desires of your group
• Worship services and fellowship opportunities
• Preparation materials designed to spiritually prepare your group for missions in our city
• Private meeting space for group time at night
• A MissionLab t-shirt, devotional, and pen

Group leaders choose rooming assignments. Two housing options are available, dormitory or hotel style housing (additional charge for hotel). Dorms are furnished with bunk beds, with 4-6 campers per room. If your group chooses to stay in the dorms, campers will need to bring their own pillows, bed linens, towels, and toiletries. We will give you the appropriate number of rooms based on how many people are in your group, and your leader will then be responsible for assigning roommates to each specific room.

New Orleans, like any other urban center around the U.S., has crime issues. Please know, though, that all of our campers are housed on the NOBTS campus that is both gated and has 24-hour security. Our campus police team patrols the campus regularly throughout the day and night and also monitors whoever enters and leaves the campus. We also strive to ensure safety when we send groups to mission sites around the city. The places we send our groups have been assessed by our staff in advance, and have been prayed over and lifted up to the Lord in our preparation.

Casual, comfortable clothes are recommended for both ministry and free time. Our desire is to minister to the greatest number of people possible. Whether campers and staff are on campus or out on the site, it is important that nothing we do, say, or wear distracts from our message of sharing the Gospel and making disciples. In an effort to help campers dress in a manner that will not take away from your ministry efforts, we have provided the following guidelines that are strictly enforced by our staff:

SHORTS: Shorts MUST extend at least one inch below fingertips while standing. Running shorts that “swoop” up on the sides are not acceptable if they do not meet the length requirement all the way around.

SHIRTS:Beware of any offensive or insensitive material printed on t-shirts. You can roll the sleeves up and sleeveless shirts may be worn, but thin strapped tank-tops, low necklines, and midriffs are NOT allowed. No part of undergarments must ever be seen. Due to sudden rainfall in New Orleans, girls should pack more than just white t-shirts.

SHOES: Closed-toe shoes with closed heels must be worn while on construction sites. Keep your feet protected!

JEANS: Jeans offer more protection, but are not required for work sites unless otherwise stated. Low-cut hip hugger jeans are not allowed unless a shirt is worn long enough to cover the backside and midriff.

SWIMSUITS: For males, board shorts are acceptable swimwear (no speedos). For females, modest one-piece swimsuits or tankinis that completely cover the midriff are acceptable. NO two-pieces, mono-kinis, bikinis, or anything that reveals midriff or is very low-cut.

OTHER: It’s a good idea to bring a light rain jacket—afternoon showers are common.

MissionLab does not provide transportation of any kind (i.e. airport runs, trips to mission sites, Wal-Mart runs, hospital runs, etc). Your group leader is responsible for planning and facilitating all transportation for the group—that includes traveling to and from New Orleans, traveling around the city, and getting around on campus.

Free time is available and flexible with our customized schedule. We build in a few free evenings for groups to spend either relaxing on campus or site-seeing in the city, and if notified ahead of time, we can also add free time for the group during the day. The tourist environment of New Orleans provides opportunities for some great activities, and we always encourage our groups to experience the culture and cuisine that the city has to offer. We can also recommend a number of options for free or low-cost activities around New Orleans. There are also on-campus options for free time as well. The campus gym and pool are open at various times of the week, depending on the season.

There are NO laundry facilities for MissionLab use on campus. Campers are encouraged to bring enough clothes for each day, including extra clothes they don’t mind getting dirty and will not need to wear again. There are two public laundromats across the street from campus if there is an absolute need for laundry access. They cost $2-$5 per load.

Alcohol, illegal substances, firearms, fireworks, dangerous weapons, skateboards, & scooters are prohibited. Cell phones and electronic devices such as iPods, CD players, Gameboys, etc. are allowed or prohibited according to the group leader’s discretion (although please note that none of these items are allowed during camp-led worship). PLEASE NOTE: Neither MissionLab nor NOBTS are responsible for damage to or theft of any personal items or devices.

JOIN US IN NEW ORLEANS FOR A CUSTOMIZED WEEK OF URBAN OUTREACH, SPIRITUAL REFRESHMENT AND FELLOWSHIP.

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