Wow is it hot today! The good ole Mississippi kicks up about 1:00pm each day and it is intense! I tried to take the dogs for an afternoon walk and after only 5 minutes they were frantically searching for shade with their tongues nearly dragging the ground! And they say it will get worse! Adaptation is the key word! :)
Monty spent the day working electrical again and also got a strong taste of the heat!
Today was spent checking on the ongoing jobs with the last day of the North Carolina team. They were continuing the floor installation at Gladys's, hanging sheetrock at Ms Barbara's and assisting an elderly lady with arthritis who is unable to get herself to the grocery or clean her trailer. The team was able to really help her and also be there to minister to her. This is the example of meeting more than construction needs.
We are so thankful for this team and ask for prayers for them as they will be leaving around 3:00am and driving straight through. May God guard their vehicles and keep an angel on each bumper!
This evening was a wonderful, yet sad evening. The church held a banquet for Steve and Carol, the Convoy of Hope couple who have been here since October. This church has become their home church and they will be missed so deeply. The church prepared a wonderful meal for all of us and then had people video their goodbyes and showed the entire tape to everyone. Pastor Rick tried his best to get through the evening without tears but was very unsuccessful! Monty and I are so thankful for the example Steve and Carol have set for us and the blessing they have been in our lives. We had time to visit with them a bit today and it just won't seem right without them here! We pray God's blessings on them as they travel on to the next venture in their lives of service to the Lord.
I want to let all of you know that I will not be blogging for the next few days as we have some outside business to take care of. Please stay tuned as I am not sure how many days we will be off but I do know it won't be long! There are times when business things must be attended to and there are just so many hours in the day! I can assure you there are big things about to happen with the relief efforts, more teams are coming and more stories of rebuilding in the communities. You won't want to miss out on any of it!
We thank you for your support and prayers. If you would like to become a more active participant in this effort you can send your tax deductible gifts to us through our home church:
Vineyard Community Church at PO Box 3277 in Bloomington, Indiana 47402. Please note "Katrina" on your gift as all comes to us, the church keeps nothing for themselves. May God return your blessings a hundred fold or more! Without your support we would not be able to continue following the calling God has placed on our lives.
Until I return ... God bless you! Susan and Monty