Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Working together

I know you've seen this photo before but a comment on the blog needs to be addressed.

Rick has asked what our connection is with PDA. You can see by the shirts on the team that it stands for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. This organization has been working since who knows when.

When hurricane Ike hit here in Texas they set up a camp in Texas City which is only about 10 minutes from where we are here in San Leon. They decided to feed and house volunteers but didn't have the staffing to case manage and locate homes and supply materials.

They approached the Methodist Disaster Recovery and an agreement was made that we would be happy to put the teams to work for them. They provide a camp manager who takes care of the meals and such and also a construction coordinator who checks on their teams while they are working to make sure they have the tools they need since they also have a tool room at the camp.

The agreement has been such an enormous blessing for Monty and I. Their teams are almost always skilled and with the tool room at the camp it stretches our tools even farther.

Many weeks we have had a combination of teams, some PDA and some Methodist. It's great to bring them all together for a common cause of helping others. I think that's what the Bible is all about, isn't it?!

On Thursday nights PDA has "family night" where they invite the homeowners to dinner. Each team has gotten to know their homeowners and having them all come to dinner and have the opportunity to speak and tell everyone their "story" and how much this help has meant to them is priceless. Once again, the body of Christ comes together to praise Him and His blessings!

PDA is nicknamed the "blue shirts" and you can see why. Amazing arrangement which results in even more homeowners being blessed.

Thanks PDA and thanks UMCOR!

Until next time . . . blessings to all. Susan and Monty

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