Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
We have enjoyed the continual sunshine and amazing breezes that never stop. The sandy beach areas have been awesome, especially since everyone here thinks it's winter and are staying away from them!
We did meet up with our team of one, Hugh, from Washington. He is still working with us and also decided to take a couple three days to come here. He used to live here and is enjoying seeing some old home places. The three of us will have dinner together tonight! Strangers becoming family!
I did think one of my all time dreams was going to come true today!!! And then I found out -- not quite yet! I have always had a love for horses and even owned some in my time. My black and white paint was my all time and forever favorite. She now lives with children who enjoy riding her, even if she did turn 20 years old this year!
My dream is to ride horseback on the beach! Sounds simple? Not so! As I was paging through one of the visitors guides last night I found my dream -- come and ride horseback on the beach! The cost was amazingly low and even though Monty would rather do most anything other than ride a horse, being the wonderful husband he is he said "let's go tomorrow." We drove to exactly where it was supposed to be only to find out it had been moved, to the island area behind us. No problem -- we headed in that direction. As we were driving I thought I should call the visitors center to verify the address. Good call --- they said the ranch had closed down just weeks ago! And sure enough, as we passed the ranch we could see all of the horses there ---along with the "auction" sign for the entire place! Sooooo --- that dream remains a dream, one I know will come about at just the right time! And Monty smiled --- knowing he would !!! be able to walk tomorrow!!!!
Until next time . . . cherish those dreams and never stop dreaming! Susan and Monty
PS My uncle cam through his surgery just fine. Thanks again for the prayers!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
We are catching up on some much needed rest and spending some time also catching some vitamin D from the sun!
And yet the phones ring --- the people of San Leon are sooooo thrilled to know Mercy Response is offering to help them -- in whatever way we can. The ones we have already met are letting those we haven't yet met that we are here to help. Just over the past 2 days I have received who knows how many calls and scheduled just as many home visits for when we return to the area. Please keep these folks in your prayers and also pray that the manpower and resources will be there for us to help them in whatever way they need.
Today has also been an historic day -- one we thank God for! The freedom we have in this country should NEVER be taken lightly. Maybe you voted for him and maybe you didn't --- makes no difference now. We all need to come together to pray for our leader and his family. We are blessed to be living in amazing and changing times -- God bless America!
Until next time . . . be blessed. Susan and Monty
PS I would like to add a special prayer request for my Uncle Dean who will be undergoing some "tricky" surgical procedures tomorrow. We pray blessing over the doctors and nurses and for peace for him and his family! Love you Aunt Miriam!!!!!!
Monday, January 19, 2009
You also realize that with each of those moves came some "difficulties" with tires and such--all quite stressful.
This week we are actually taking some time off -- time away -- time to rest and recuperate before the spring season is upon us. Looking at our schedule we already know that the spring season is blessing us with many volunteers, some weeks as many as 70 plus! In order to serve all of them to our best ability we knew we needed to rest up and be ready.
Thanks to Mercy Response who also realize the need for time away and rest.
We traveled about 4 and 1/2 hours to the southwest and are in the Corpus Christi area. We arrived last night to find the temps already quite warm, nearing the 80 degree mark. I doubt we do alot of "sight seeing" and such -- that requires driving and since my truck has some engine problems we brought Monty's diesel -- great for the long hauls but sort of a beast for sight seeing! It's the rest and relaxation we are needing!
We thank all of you for keeping us in your prayers! Those prayers strengthen and uphold us daily!
As for Diane back at camp, she and Phil (the director) are making what is hopefully the last trip to New Orleans to bring back a couple of trailers and items from that camp to ours. Please keep them in your prayers for safe travels.
As you can see, we do have internet access here and will be updating you every couple of days.
Until next time . . . be blessed and thanks again to our awesome team from Las Vegas who left us Saturday morning --- but not before cleaning and organizing the tools, the warehouse, the vehicles AND Diane's camper trailer! You guys are awesome and we look forward to your return!
Be blessed! Susan and Monty
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
The things we do to get the trees cut down! I guess some of us just never grow up!
Our Las Vegas, Washington and Virginia teams once again joined together and worked as one.
Part of them returned to Tonnie's to help him continue the gutting of his home. They even went up on the roof and put down a tarp to stop the water from pouring in through the kitchen ceiling until he can get a roofer. They all talked of how they were able to minister to him, to pray with him and his neighbors and how they hoped they had "planted a seed" for God's kingdom.
The rest of them returned to Marie's house where they also continued the gutting and boxing of more personal items in preparation for moving her to the other side of the home to gut the areas where she has been living. They also got her soffit painted and helped her daughter, Amy, get some things moved for herself. Ministry at its finest - and it will continue throughout the week.
Monty took the day and worked on getting Diane's trailer plumbing "hard piped" into the sewer system. Trailers all have tanks to hold the regular shower and/or dishwater and toilet waste but those don't last long when you are living in one. To save having to hook up an expandable hose and run it to the sewer we take regular PVC pipe and make it so all you need to do is pull the lever and dump the tanks directly into the sewer. This not only takes the proper materials but also the calculations of the angles of the pipe to make sure everything is rolling downhill. He has the materials in place and will continue working on the rest.
Diane and I spent all day in the warehouse going through pallets of granola bars, canned food items and paper products in preparation for another outreach to the community tomorrow. We plan on loading the flatbed trailer in the morning and all of us heading out to give away everything -- free! I don't think this team realizes just how quickly everything will go out. We hope to do a couple of those outreaches before the week is over.
Everyone enjoyed dinner this evening and then a time of sharing between them. They talked about what this trip has meant to them thus far. It's always amazing to hear how God is working in each of them! They come to be a blessing and find blessings far beyond anything they can imagine. It can bring the biggest man to tears, tears of joy!
We are so thrilled to also tell you that we have teams booked solid through the first of May! They keep calling, keep going to the Mercy Response website and completing their signup. Today our neighbor, Shelley, who works for Walmart called and she has successfully organized a Walmart team who will be coming the first of March! She has been trying to come and work with us for over 3 years and it's finally coming to reality!
We are still putting out the request (plea) for volunteers. Without YOU this work cannot get done! YOU are the keys. We cannot do it alone and the work is endless. At last report from the city of Galveston there are still over 1000 homes needing gutting!
If you are interested or just curious, please go to the website (www.mercyresponse.com) and everything you need it there. It's easy and will give you a life time of memories and bless you beyond your imaginations!
Until next time . . . be blessed!
PS Happy to report that Diane's mother is resting comfortably at home -- thank you for the prayers!
Susan and Monty
Friday, January 09, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
The beginning of the year has been a rough one. I have managed to get what Monty had, sore throat, ears and a head throbbing and stuffed to the max! Thankfully we do not have a team this week so I have a few days to get better.
Diane also came back sick -- it seems to be everywhere and touching everyone.
We did have a team of one -- came in from West Virginia Sunday night and immediately left with our director the next morning to return to New Orleans to finish up the closing of that camp and transfer of things back here. He will most likely be gone the rest of the week.
We are also expecting another team of one late tonight. He will be meeting up with the incoming team arriving late Friday night -- from Las Vegas.
As you can see, even though we are all down sick, time doesn't stop and we keep going. We all appreciate your prayers!!!!
Blessings to all of you.
Until next time . . . Susan and Monty