Monday, April 03, 2006

Helping, helping, helping

Reroofing one of the houses we are working on. I wanted you to see the 2 white "things" sitting next to the house. These are PODS, portable on demand storage. These are all over the place as people rented them to have a place to store their household belongings. When you have remove everything from your house to have it rebuilt you need someplace to go with it. These units are the answer for alot of people.

The other photo is the structural changes going on in one of our school teacher's home. They had an enormous amount of water inside and also lost their 4 vehicles. When you have so much rebuilding to do this also becomes the time where you make any structural changes you might have been needing to do. The group from Tennessee did a wonderful job in getting this home on the road to recovery. Thanks guys (and Michelle)!

Our teams were all up and at 'em early this morning. Most wanted to be out the door heading to their jobs at 7am, and for the most part they made it. We had a crew reroofing a house, another crew continuing the sheetrock and electrical in our makeover house, another crew starting to lay the tile in the nursery area of the school here, another crew went to Dauphin Island to clean the bird sanctuary, another was busy getting started on the organizing of the school library, another painting an entire house and yet another cleaning a yard and another working on the plumbing at a house while some senior high kids were wheel barrowing red clay dirt under a house to create a new foundation. It was a super busy day and very constructive. The home owners are so happy to be receiving the help and the volunteers are happy to be providing it.

It's so awesome to see the spirit of the volunteers when they arrive. They are so enthusiastic and want so badly to help others. It is such a breath of fresh air and rebuilds ones spirit in people! To see the young people with the servant hearts warms the hearts of us who aren't quite so young anymore. Everyone finds someplace with something they can do, even if it is something they might have never done before. They just want to be a blessing to others.

Tomorrow will bring another roof job along with continuations of ongoing homes and the start of new ones. This week will bring so many blessings, to both the victims and the volunteers. And it will also bring sunburn and exhaustion to some! They all say that they can rest when they get home! Servant hearts for sure!

The semi of sheetrock still has not arrived. Once again, we wait! We have people ready and waiting to pick up loads and pray it will be here soon. We are so thankful that the company that is sending it realizes the need and it willing to be such a blessing.

This evening the entire church is filled with volunteers eating together and praising the Lord in worship services filled with praise and music! After all that work they still have a heart to praise!

For those of you who would like to support this mission dedicated to helping the Katrina victims rebuild both their homes and their lives you can send your tax deductible gifts to the following address: Vineyard Community Church at PO Box 3277 in Bloomington, Indiana 47402.

Please note "Katrina" on your gift as 100% is sent for hurricane relief. We thank you for keeping up with what is happening and how God is moving in this disaster. If we all focus on helping others and less on ourselves Katrina will be a blessing in disguise!

Thank you and may God bless you...until tomorrow...Susan and Monty

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