When I was in 6th grade we said goodbye to a church home that met on St. Charles Avenue. We met at NOBTS for 6 months while our new home here on Canal Blvd. was completed. As a church we moved to this location with great hope and expectation of what the Lord would do in and through this new site of worship.
As a 7th grader I moved up into the youth group that met on the third floor, we were directed to look out of the window and imagine what our new home would look like when it was complete. While Katrina interrupted that plan for our church, the Lord never stopped working.
In 2016, the Lord opened a new door for the youth to walk through, a huge garage door to be exact. We had no idea how much of a home away from home we would find in that building. It is a place that is big, versatile, welcoming, and it is a space that students can call their own. God has used our time in the Garage to show us what a building that meets the dynamic and changing nature of being a teenager can look like; but it is not our permanent home.
He is making a way for our teenagers to have exactly that: a permanent, real home. While we have enjoyed and been extremely blessed by our time in the Garage, and it will be hard to leave, God has bigger and better plans for us. We have been inspired by the Lord's provision so far. Transition, expectation, and hope are not new to us at FBNO. And we continue to be expectant and hopeful as we as a church are Inspired to Grow into our new home.