Brenda Lomax-Brown received a surprise visit from television personality Mike Rowe, who showed up with a film crew to give her a $20,000 check and a new playground for the local ministry she directs in the Hollygrove-Dixon neighborhood of New Orleans.
During the Aug. 5 Facebook-based episode of “Returning the favor: A forgotten neighborhood fights back,” Rowe, former host of the popular TV show “Dirty Jobs,” accompanied Lomax-Brown for a tour of her neighborhood, while a team — without her knowledge — built a $30,000 playground in fewer than four hours near the Life Transformation Center. The center is a ministry of Celebration Church, a Southern Baptist church with campuses in the New Orleans area, Baton Rouge and the Northshore.
Rowe then brought Lomax-Brown back for a surprise unveiling.
“All day, driving around with you, was an absolute blast,” Rowe said in the episode. “And the more I got to know you, the more I thought, ‘this really is a woman who will go to city hall and get out the hammer and start making all kinds of trouble.’ But we really don’t want you to have to do that. We really want to do something for the community, and we really want to thank you for everything you’ve done so far.”
Nearly speechless, the retired Air Force officer gave credit to Christ for the unexpected blessing.
“Oh, Jesus, thank you,” she said moments after seeing the new playground. “Lord, have mercy.”
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Source: Baptist Press