Jude, son Joel and Pastor Larry made a visit here today. They will be sending a team here in July and wanted to check out the area, homes and accomodations for them. All went very well and we were even able to take them to Ms Ollie's. She invited us all in and was so pleased to share her blessing with them. This team joined us while we were in New Orleans last summer and we are thrilled that they will be returning. They bring adults along with kids who will have their lives changed while here.
They realize that the missing link in New Orleans was the connection with the homeowners. Here that connection will be made and miracles will happen, in many ways. We look forward to having them work with us once again.
Monty and I continue with our home visits. We had another one last night that broke my heart. James and Jess have lived in their home for 11 years and when the storm came in they had nearly 5 feet of water inside. The surge shifted the home on its foundation and even though they have had alot of rebuilding done, the shifting is causing long term problems with flooring and sheetrock cracking and plumbing not wanting to "stay put." They have 3 wonderful little children and I had to tell them that the one daughter must move out of her bedroom due to the black mold that continues to grow in her window. The outside of the window is exposed to the weather because the siding was ripped off. Therefore the moisture continues to come in and the mold is continuing to grow. It's so difficult to see a family who is doing everything they can to just survive and make ends meet struggle for so long. James injured his lower back while he was gutting the home and required major surgery. He was out of work for nearly a year and even though the income wasn't coming in the bills made their way to their mailbox. He has gotten a new job and even with that playing the "catch up" game is next to impossible. My heart breaks for them and we will do the best we can to see about this foundation problem.
The calls continue to come in, the people continue to need help and we continue to schedule the visits and pray that we will be able to help! Please continue to keep all of us in your prayers as those prayers are what changes things and changes lives!
Until next time . . . Susan and Monty