Wednesday, February 11, 2009

They're on their way

Another couple of days spent with home visits. Today was one of those days where we love being outside, warm sunshine and temps in the 70's. We are keeping our home folks in our prayers as they were under severe wind warnings today and our Pastor said the church had just lost power.

The photos show a couple of the homes we have been in. Imagine if that was your kitchen, the one you were just making dinner in a few months ago and now it looks like this? The cabinets need removed and cleanup must begin before and reconstruction can get started.

What if that was your family room, now filled with tools and such to try and put life back together.

We met Nareen, James and Naomi today. All of them are trying to do just that -- get their lives back together. Nareen broke into tears when I called her back this evening to let her know volunteers would be at her home tomorrow morning to start the process of helping!

That's what it's been like for the past couple of days, for the past couple of months -- and will be for who knows how long. We had the biweekly long term recovery meeting yesterday and although there are some funds to apply for to help with the rebuilding, they are trying every day to bring in more and more funding.

I had to toss in the photo of "Tank." He is part pitbull and part bulldog -- priceless and was soaking up all the attention he could get. Seeing all the pets is a really fun part of home visits for both Monty and I. Our own dogs really give us the once over when we get back home!

I have a couple of prayer requests this evening. The first is for our dear friend and mentor, Pastor Ken and his wife Cynthia. They are in the process of relocating to southern Mississippi and building a church. We thank God for opening this next chapter of their lives and pray for peace and guidance and strength to make the move as smoothly as possible!

Another request is for my youngest daughter, Lindsay. She went in to work yesterday only to be informed that the company is downsizing and her position had been eliminated. This is a first for her, really scary and alot of unknowns. Please pray for peace, for God's guidance and direction.

We also ask for prayers to cover Diane's brother and sister in law as they leave us tomorrow morning and begin the journey back to Michigan. They will be taking their time and we pray for safety and rest as they go. We will miss them more than they can possibly know and pray God will bless them a hundred fold in thanks for all the blessings they have bestowed while here.

We also pray for our incoming team from Convoy of Hope in Missouri. One of the administrators is bringing a team of their interns to allow them to experience what it's like out in the field. They have taken a detour through Oklahoma to assess the damage sustained in last nights tornados and will not arrive here until very late. Convoy deploys emergency supplies to nearly every disaster situation around the states and even around the world! Their trucks are out and running almost before the tornado can lift back into the skies! Bless them for how they serve!

Until next time . . . be blessed.

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