Here is our Indiana team at opening devotion. I should have both Alabama and Indiana at devotions by tomorrow.
Today was just another work day in the week and it was equally awesome. The Alabama teams returned to Julia's and Icy's and worked away. Today they had decided to take a later lunch and make it a mid day break. During mid day is when the heat is extremely intense and they made a smart decision. They then returned to working and worked a bit later into the day.
At Julia's they are nearly complete with hanging the sheetrock and they also finished the painting of the one room and it is beautiful! Julia decided to exchange the door she purchased for one that was the exact size and it should be installed on Monday.
At Icy's they also continued with the sheetrock and scraping the existing ceiling textures and also got those ceilings painted. They will also continue on the same path of work on Monday.
Indiana worked until mid afternoon and then took time and toured the coast all the way to New Orleans. They continued in Mrs. Watson's home, Delores's home and then Rick went to the Spanish Village and Anita and family are now able to cook on their stove and use their air conditioner!!! Praise the Lord!
Monty loaded up sheetrock for a family this morning and the thanks they poured out was enough to once again bring me to tears. All they could talk about was how thankful they were for the volunteers and if it hadn't been for them they wouldn't be as far along as they are! (And they have a LONG way to go!) They were just amazed at being able to get the sheetrock they needed and wanted to know who to thank. We told them to thank God! Amen.
Sometimes it seems strange to me that Monty and I can work 15 to 17 hour days, run 6 and 7 days a week and get up each day and do it all over again. But the Lord tells us that if we follow His direction and His calling He will provide us with what we need to do the job! He doesn't lie! It's almost as if I can literally "feel" the refreshment in the night and I awake with enthusiasm to start all over. Each day is a new and different day and has a boatload of blessings just waiting for us to discover. I just can't put it into words, it's something you have to experience and the only way to do that is to follow the calling the Lord has placed on your life! And He has placed one, you just have to listen for His voice and obey! Sounds easy, doesn't it! But guess who is standing at your front door ready to convince you otherwise, yep, Satan himself! Just realize the promise God makes, He WILL make the pathway for us!
Someone asked me today how long we planned to be here doing this relief effort. The only answer I could answer was "as long as God plans for us to be here". For me to even think about having to return home, to go back to the normal "job" routine, knowing about everyone here that still needs so much help....I just don't think I could do it! I thank all of you for making it possible for us to do this! You are a blessing to us far more than you can realize, unless you have been here!
We pray each and every one of you will be in church tomorrow praising and thanking the Lord for all of your many blessings. He is truly worthy and we are truly blessed!
Until then....we love you all...Susan and Monty