Yes, the Colorado team arrived this evening, after being on the road for 2 days and staying last night in Dallas. They are a bit road weary but all in one piece and grocery shopping as I write this.
They will be dividing into 3 teams for the week. One team to return to Julia's and continue the clean up and tear out the ceiling in her upstairs bedroom where it caved in from the water. They will repair that place and do other repairs around the house as needed.
Another part of the team will return to Delores's house to continue with her sheetrock finishing and structural changes being made.
The last part of the team will be returning to Barbara's house. As usual, God has blessed us with exactly what we need in the way of team members. We have an experienced tile man on this team and it just so happens that Barbara's entire house will be floor tiled!!!!! God always knows and God always provides! They will also be painting the doors and casing around the doors and finishing the sheetrock along with priming and painting. This house could be VERY close to being completed this week so please keep all of the team members in your prayers.
We were blessed to have our Pastor Rick and Vickey back from their travels last week and he had a very thought provoking message this morning. The topic was "Submission"; a word no one likes to hear, let alone do. His points were right on as usual and I really appreciated hearing it put in the context he did.
Monty spent part of the afternoon at one of the church member's homes checking to see if we can stop some ceiling leaking in their bathroom. Looks like he will be working on that this week. We also have some light work that needs done in Pastor Rick's mothers house this week. Just another week where the work isn't hard to find!! :)
We also spent some time this afternoon looking for a good used car for Diane. Her church (Wisconsin) is supporting her for 9 months here but she doesn't have transportation. She has been here since February and getting by but really needs to find something good and affordable, not an easy combination. If any of you have any leads please let us know. She isn't looking for a Cadillac, just something that will get her from point A to point B without falling apart. The best case would be that it would also get her back home to Wisconsin in August when she is scheduled to become a grandmother, again. Keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground and let us know.
Tomorrow will be another Monday. Another day when the teams come in raring to go and ready to rebuild the city in a week! It's always so awesome and inspiring to see and feel their enthusiasm, to see their hearts of service and explosive energy. We are just so blessed to be coordinating the efforts here and thank God for placing us in His work. As usual, we ask for your prayers of wisdom and strength as we need both numerous times each day.
For those of you who would like to help support us financially in our rebuilding efforts, please take it to prayer and realize that we are not supported by any one church or organization. The ONLY means of support we have is through your donations. We do have a home at home and would like to keep it. Without your help we would not be able to answer the calling God has placed on our lives. If you feel moved to help, please send your donations to our church, Vineyard Community Church at PO Box 3277 in Bloomington, Indiana 47402. Please note "Katrina" on your donation as you will receive a tax donation receipt. We thank you for your generous hearts!
Until tomorrow....we love you all and miss you somethin' aweful!!!! Susan and Monty