Washing windows, scrubbing floors, cleaning drywall mess from ceilings and walls, restaining huge beams, mopping the plywood stage floor and whatever else to get the church to start to look like a church is how we all spent our day today.
The photo of the Calvary Chapel volunteer group is complete with their van and trailer which carried all of their gear! What an amazing group of high school kids! What a blessing they were while they were here! Thanks kids!
Like I said, we spent the entire day on the sanctuary. The drywallers did not leave it in good condition, to say the least. Tim, Scott, Monty and I dug in, turned up the music CD in the church and worked and worked and worked. And by the end of the night it is looking like a real church may be on the way! You just cannot imagine the dust from all the drywall sanding. It's everywhere, not to mention the overspray on the walnut beams and stained windows and walls! With mops and buckets and scrubbers and sponges we tackled it. The music kept us going, along with some singing of our own to keep the humor in what we were doing! It all looks much better than it did. It isn't done but I'm not sure that is a word that can be used anywhere down here just yet!
Monty loaded drywall for people late afternoon and also helped get the HVAC worker, Jason, up on the roof so he could work on one of the air conditioners.
Our first group of volunteers for the week arrived tonight. They are from Zionsville, Indiana. This is their first trip here and are very excited. They came ready to work! They not only came with a rather large camper trailer for one family, a popup camper for some of the men and another trailer acting as a job trailer filled with tools and personal items! There are 21 of them and they should really be able to get alot of work done and thus be a great blessing in what they do. They will start with our "extreme make over" home tomorrow. From there we may pull a few of them to other jobs, each day brings it's own surprises! We are very glad they are here and look forward to spending the week with them.
Our next group will arrive tomorrow morning, a group of 42. Then our home town girls will be here in the evening and the final group from Tennessee arriving Sunday evening. All total we will be at 73 volunteers this week! Praise God!!!!!!! Be sure to stay tuned as this should be a great week filled with alot of news! You won't want to miss a thing!
Don't forget, if you would like to help support us in the rebuilding of communities and lives here in Pascagoula you can send your tax deductible gift to: Vineyard Community Church PO Box 3277 in Bloomington, Indiana 47402. Please be sure and note on your gift "Katrina fund" as 100% of your gift goes directly to us. We thank you for joining us in our mission. May God bless you and yours!
Until tomorrow.....go out and be a blessing to someone tomorrow! Make God smile!
Susan and Monty