Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The miracle begins ...

Here they are, the entire Texas team!

The group photo was taken this afternoon as the Convoy of Hope truck was preparing to leave. Convoy once again brought an entire semi load of relief supplies. It held everthing from drinks and food to gasoline cans and children's furniture items. 32 pallets to be exact! It is always such a joy and blessing to be able to unload their trucks and we are so thankful to all the companies around the nation that donate these things! My only wish is that those companies could be here to see the faces of those who are blessed by their gifts! Once again ---- THANK YOU CONVOY OF HOPE!!

The team continued their sheetrock work in Denise's house. The women are going to be professional finishers by the end of the week! The men are learning just how important it is to have straight walls when framing. It makes a world of difference when it comes to hanging the sheetrock! We are so thankful to this team as they came in feeling as though they had no real skills and yet they have been so eager to learn and so quick to pick up the skills needed to get the job done!

We also want to send out a special thank you to our Spanish friends, Leon and Armando. Leon is under Monty's truck, probably as I write this, trying his best to find out what is wrong with it. It might require the entire rebuilding of the transmission but we are praying for something a bit less drastic than that. Tomorrow will tell us more. We are just so thankful to these men for not only knowing how to work on a truck like this, but to take the time and effort to do so! And considering Armando just had knee surgery last Friday it's a miracle he is even up and around! Thanks guys, you are awesome!!

In reference to the title of today's blog ... remember a couple of days ago when I said "we need a miracle" and told you the story of Mike and Faye? I also told you how we had called Project Recovery and were working hand in hand with them. Today was the day Project Recovery made their visit to Mike and Faye. Over 2 and 1/2 hours later, after they had prayed, cried and laughed together, mountains began to move. Amy, from Project Recovery, called me with her report and the news that they have been working with FEMA to apply for emergency housing for this family. By late today it sounds like the miracle has taken yet another step forward. FEMA has open space in one of their "parks" here, on a street where Mike and Faye actually have family living, and we just might be moving them into their new FEMA trailer as early as tomorrow! The final details will be done tomorrow and we will know for sure then. Mike has his dialysis tomorrow and that always sends him to bed for the rest of the day. It would be more than awesome to be able to bring him home, to his new home, where it is free of mold and does not have rain pouring in through the ceilings, and put him to bed in a clean and comfortable bed! Keep those prayers going as the miracle is only just beginning. The next steps will be more difficult. We will need to get the city and CORE in on the story in order for them to inspect the house, hopefully declare it structurally unsound, and then tear it down. If this comes to pass, first of all it won't happen quickly. And if it comes to pass, we will then need to do what we have never done before in rebuilding --- start from the ground up with all new! So you keep those hands folded in prayer and keep those ideas flowing as we will need every ounce of "miracleness" that is possible. God tells us that we "do not have because we do not ask" and on this one we are surely asking --- and believing that "with God nothing is impossible"!

Thank you for all you are doing to keep this relief mission going forward. We have come so far and yet have so very far to go! Be sure and stay with us every step of the way --- it will be life changing --- for the people here on the coast --- and for YOU!

Until tomorrow ... we love you all ... Susan and Monty

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