It felt good to be back today. I missed so many people and felt God calling us to get back to work! We are blessed to have Him as our "boss"!
The hugs felt really good at church this morning. We have been here long enough to make some really good friends and receiving hugs from them, knowing that they also missed us, it just felt good!
I must tell you that the "bear" hug that I received from Faye was enough to put every vertebrae in my spine back where it needed to be! She lifted me off the floor, swung me around and finally decided to land me back on earth! I love that lady and her husband! You would just have to be here to completely understand how that kind of closer than close relationship can happen in such a short amount of time! You would have to know God to know the feeling!
Tomorrow Mike will be undergoing out patient surgery and could really use your prayers. As I have said before, he has total kidney failure and undergoes dialysis every other day. The port (surgical opening in his skin to do the dialysis) must be relocated every so often. Tomorrow is one of those days. It's a tough thing to undergo and an even tougher thing to carry around with you all the time. PLEASE pray for him and for his family. To compound things, Faye's brother is also in the same state of health and will be undergoing the same thing tomorrow! And we think we have it tough! But both Mike and Faye were in church this morning and they both know God is with them and He will be their strength!
It was back to work for us today, even if it was Sunday. The phones rang and rang, mostly with scheduling for tomorrow. There will be atleast 2 semis arriving very early in the morning, each with windows and patio doors donated from a major hotel along the west coast. Both trucks require unloading by hand so Monty has reached out to one of the local rehabilitation centers and they are more than happy to provide us with 2 vans full of men ready to go to work and be a blessing to others!
Another semi load of sheetrock is also to arrive sometime tomorrow. Convoy of Hope has arranged for another 400 sheets to be delivered for us to continue to rebuild homes and lives. Thanks Convoy --- we will put them to good use!
I also want to extend a special thank you to Habitat for Humanity for all they are doing to put things in motion for Mike and Faye. I don't want to "let the cat out of the bag" but BIG things are happening! There is a joint effort coming together, an effort where many relief organizations are putting their heads together, tapping their resources, and getting ready to provide a miracle to this family! The local TV station out of Biloxi is also on board and will be meeting with us this week and plans on continuing coverage of their story! Make sure you stay tuned as things will be happening fast and furious and you don't want to miss out on the miracles!
We also met with our incoming team from Missouri late last night and again this morning. These 10 men are about to lay a blessing on Dane's family! It just might be a blessing unlike anything his family has ever seen before! They will be on site bright and early tomorrow morning, after our morning devotions, and raring to go! God has truly blessed us with this highly skilled team of construction workers and we are so very thankful! Please keep them, and Dane's family, in your prayers this week. It's one of those things that the devil will also be sticking his ugly head in trying to see what he can stir up and we don't need him anywhere around!
I close with this verse, one that hangs on our bulletin board ...
Isaiah 1:17 "Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the orphan. Fight for the rights of widows."
Until tomorrow ..... Susan and Monty