Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Balancing Act

We have started the ball in motion on Douglas's home. Gathering all of the information to put together our estimate isn't easy but we are getting there. Try it yourself -- think about every single item it would take to build your home; lumber, nails, insulation, sheetrock -- every single thing. There are also some structural changes and repairs that must be done to bring the home to safe, sanitary and secure.

We did meet with the contractor who is giving us an estimate on the elecrical, HVAC and plumbing. That type of work must be done by a licensed and local contractor.

The contractor is getting us our estimate to level Tony and Linda's home. Even though it used to be nearly 3' off the ground and has fallen to ground level in some places, we will be just getting it as level as possible without raising it. We don't want to get into the flood zones and their new levels!

James and Tammy are getting their final pieces of paperwork for me. I already have an estimate for their new roof and the electrical is coming.

The estimate for the leveling of James and Jessica's is also on its way. It will be a bit more "challenging" than the one for Tony and Linda.

The roof estimate for Jackie and Trudy is here and we are getting ready to move on that and get them dried in.

The construction portion for Joseph and Kea is also in. We are awaiting the electrical portion to put the entire package together.

Monty and I have 3 more home visits scheduled for tomorrow and they are also piling up for next week! The calls continue to come in.

The most recent being the one this morning from Ms Marie. She is a single mother of 2 children, one with autism. She is recently divorced and suffered 3 strokes due to the beatings she received from her ex. The roof of the home has fallen to the floor in one of the kids bedrooms so she has closed it off. We have our home visit with her set for early next week! Sounds like a "rush" doesn't it!

I have been so pleased at how prompt the homeowners are with gathering the paperwork we need from them in order to proceed forward with getting them help. What isn't pleasing is the desperation in their voices, the tears that stream down their faces while on the phone telling me their stories and the hopelessness in their hearts! BUT . . . most of that seems to change as we talk, as we tell them that there IS a light at the end of the tunnel and that it is NOT an oncoming train!

Last night we were blessed to attend the state's district meeting for the Assembly churches and the service was so uplifting and spoke directly to Monty and I. The word from the Pastor at the end was "there is someone out there who is feeling defeated, feeling like they are being forced to give up --- do not allow the devil to lie to you, God is calling you to continue moving forward in the calling He has given you." Sounds like he was speaking directly to Monty and I and it was so good to be ministered back to. We are returning tonight for their last service!

I would also like to ask for prayers for my 95 year old grandmother who is not well. She has, once again, caught a bad chest cold and according to her she is "tired of being tired" and would welcome prayers from all of you! Thank you!!!!!

Until next time . . . God's blessings to all of you! Susan and Monty

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