Monday, March 27, 2006
Working, working, working
This is a photo of the church here, from the front. The other is Pastor Tim dressed as "Bible Bob", the superhero, for the children's chapel service. The theme that Jesus is our Superhero was a huge hit with the kids and with this outfit he really got their attention! No wonder he and Sheri do children's crusades, they are awesome with the kids!
Our volunteer teams were working, working and working even more today. The Zionsville team was up and out very early to continue work on our extreme makeover. They are ready for drywall tomorrow! There is only a small section of shingles to complete the roof. They will be cleaning and painting the kitchen cabinets. The floors are rebuilt and walls rebuilt, electrical is the same as done and they are like worker ants! We are so blessed to have them and Gladys will have a wonderful new home to come to once everything is done. This team will not be able to complete it 100% but we have a large, skilled team coming from Ohio next week and they will be able to do even more finishing work.
Our Tennessee crew are working on a home that is close to an extreme makeover. They are concentrating on the structural changes that need to be made. They are blessed to have the homeowner on site working with them. Wendell took the week off of work to be with this team and that is such a help as so many times things come up and there is no one on site to get answers from. They will also be able to do some astonishing things in the week they are here and we thank God for their spirit of service.
Our women from our hometown church had a busy day. DeeDee is a special education teacher and spent the morning with our teachers here. She was able to spend time just letting them talk and tell their stories. They were so touched that they want her to come back again tomorrow morning. The only way Meow could make the trip was for her to bring her computer with her and do her real job while here. She worked late into the night last night and all morning today. She and DeeDee went to one of our church members homes this afternoon and raked her yard for her. They both laughed when they realized that they found muscles they did not know they had!
Tomorrow is Meow's birthday and we have a special seafood dinner planned for her as her request is for seafood. She is from Singapore and misses real salt water seafood. It is in abundance here.
Monty spent the day running errands and getting materials for the workers on their jobs. One could find themselves on the road all day! He was supposed to get another semi of drywall today but as usual, it has been delayed. Maybe tomorrow????
I worked on the scissor lift restaining 2 of the 3 beams in the entry of the sanctuary. Working 30 feet in the air can really make one weak in the knees, literally, but 1 more and they are done. The 1 left is the biggest one but hopefully I can get it done tomorrow. I also got in an hour to take the dogs and walk to the ocean. It's less than a mile but with the 2 of them having to stop and smell along the way it takes awhile. It was a beautiful day for a walk!
We are in a bit earlier this evening as we are both very tired. Monty will be taking a day off tomorrow and going fishing! Pastor Hart has invited him to go and cruise the bayous and do a little fishing. Monty needs the day away and what better way than a day of fishing with a pastor! (let's see what kind of fish stories come from this outing???) :)
I would like to ask all of you to pray for someone very dear to us. We have posted a photo of our "adopted" son on this blog and received word this evening that he is in some trouble and could really use all the prayers he can get right about now! He is an awesome kid and he will know and feel that we are praying for him!
I would also like to ask for another prayer. The sheriff here lost his son this morning. Monty knows the sheriff and he is a wonderful, Christian man. His son was on the way to the hospital to be with his sister who was having her baby. He was on a motorcycle and a car pulled out and clipped him. This caused his bike to become unbalanced and it went sideways and threw him out in front of it and he was then run over by an oncoming car and killed instantly! It is such a tragic accident and he was just recovering from an accident he had about a year ago. Please keep this family in your prayers also. We don't need to know them to pray for them! And they don't need to know us. We need to remember just how precious life is and how quickly it can end! Mississippi Missions Project will be sending flowers! We thank you for being a part of it.
If you are not, and would like to be, a part of this mission you can send your tax deductible gift to us at Vineyard Community Church at PO Box 3277 in Bloomington, Indiana 47402. Please note on your gift that it is for "Katrina fund" as 100% of your gift will be sent to us. You will receive a tax statement also. We are so thankful for your support as without you we would not be able to do what we are doing. You are awesome!
Blessings to all of you and until tomorrow.......remember your prayers and add these people to them tonight! Love, Susan and Monty