Today we were blessed to welcome the Vineyard Church team from Kingwood, Texas to work with us for the day.
I wish I could show you the photos but . . . the cord I use to download my photos from my camera has turned up missing and until I find it . . . my apologies.
The team consisted of 20 members, 19 who had never been here before. It's always amazing to see how God works in each one.
They were split between 3 jobs for the day. One was at James's mother's home where they gutted the ceilings, including the insulation, tore up the flooring and used chainsaws to make a path through the back yard. Each one of those jobs is quite a "messy" job, let alone all of them in the same house on the same day!
The next crew was working at Ms Bernice's home. Sadly, she had a stroke this morning and we are still unclear as to how she is doing. The team also tore up flooring, sheetrock and moved furniture from here to there to make the work possible. Ms Bernice is having a difficult time parting with furniture and things that were flooded so the ministry work here was key. The crew even prayed with her son who has been less than cooperative during the process --- until today! God at work!
The last crew spent their morning at Pastor Ken's church. He needed some tile removed from his floors also. They went right to work and were done early enough to join the others at Ms Bernice's house.
After restocking all the tools and things they sat down to a wonderful meal prepared by the church ladies, again! Just the perfect thing to end their day before making the nearly 2 hour trip home. They promised they would be back and we know they will. God really reached in and took ahold of quite a few of them -- you can see it on their faces and in their eyes, which lead to their hearts!
As I have now said for years --- the volunteers are the keys to disaster recovery. Without them --- without YOU --- there is no recovery! We thank them and all those who have come and worked, who have been obedient to God's voice calling them.
We bid farewell to our Missouri team at 6am this morning and know they also will return to experience the presence of God again here in Galveston.
I do have a very special prayer request this evening --- Diane's mother has been hospitalized and needs all of our prayers for healing and peace. She has been this route before and each time bounced back -- thanks to the many prayers going up for her.
We will be "off the air" for a couple of days as we travel into New Orleans to pack up some of that camp and bring it here. Please keep us in your prayers as we travel. We should be back with a full report in only a couple of days!
Be sure and attend your home church tomorrow and thank God for His almighty power, protection and blessings more numerous than the stars in the skies!
Until next time . . . Susan and Monty