Monty and Scott unloading another semi load of sheetrock last week. This one is nearly gone, over 700 sheets, and we expect another load tomorrow. Convoy of Hope is purchasing it as some monies have been released to them. We are blessed to be a part of them and the people are also blessed with material to rebuild their homes.
Today was the Lord's Day for sure. We went to church here at Bethel and it was great to have our home church friends, DeeDee and Meow there with us---a real touch from home! Part of the Zionsville, Indiana team was also there---a great showing from the state of Indiana!
Pastor Tim had an incredible message, "Being on the verge of a miracle". He talked about how God is waiting to move and it is going to take all of us to step out, into the unknown, to get in line with His plan and be His servants! He challenged all of us to be participators, not offer up excuses or blame others for our situations, neither of which will solve our problems. He told us that God will challenge us to take the first step so He can step in and meet our needs. Being a Christian is not a spectator sport! Really some words to take to heart and then to act on!
From there the 4 of us had a nice Cajun lunch and then drove to the highway 90 bridge catastrophe. It surely must be the most photographed place around! The tide was way out today and we got to see more of it than any other time we have been there. We also took a short trip along the shore line seeing where alot of the debris and some of the severely damaged homes have been cleared out.
When we got back Monty took a short rest, DeeDee and Meow were busy and I made a quick trip to the laundry! Thanks to Karen I had plenty of quarters, and will have for a couple of trips atleast! Sunday afternoons is definitely not the time to go if you are in a hurry but with only 2 loads I did okay.
I got home just in time for us to leave for our Sunday evening service at New Life Church. It was power packed, to say the least! What a blessing we receive every time we go. Pastor preached on worship and it was amazing, and Spirit filled! They have been so warm and loving to us that we feel like a part of their family! We thank God for bringing them into our lives!
Dinner was very late, Taco Bell and then back here to welcome our last incoming team for the week, the team of 7 from Tennessee. They will be working in one of our teacher's homes for the entire week. They came with a truck load of tools and ready to get busy working and blessing this family. It is close to our extreme makeover home! Be sure and stay tuned this week to get updates on both and as soon as possible we will get photos on here so you can also see the amazing progress being made and be a part of each make over! It will be as close as possible to the real thing, but of course, unless you come and participate it will be the closest you can get!
It is nearly midnight and we are exhausted. Monty has a semi to unload tomorrow and I will be working on restaining the huge beams in the church all week. We got approval to keep the scissor lift another week so that is my project. Pray I can get them all done. Some of them are 30' in the air and my knees get a bit weak when the lift sways back and forth!
We love you all and if you would like to help support us in this awesome calling from God, please send your tax deductible gifts to: Vineyard Community Church at PO Box 3277 in Bloomington, Indiana 47402. Be sure to mark "Katrina fund" on your gift as 100% of your gift is sent directly to us! We thank you for your giving hearts, God bless you for making this possible!
Until tomorrow.....we miss everyone! Susan and Monty
PS. Even though Meow is from Singapore and thought she spoke English quite well, the southern slang is proving to be quite interesting for her! :)