Sunday, April 23, 2017
Last night a strong front passed through this part of North Carolina. We could see the trees bending over around the parking lot and twigs and leaves pelted the side of the coach. It was over quickly and we slept to the sound of rain the rest of the night. This morning between showers we were outside and Bill drove by and told us the new pavilion had been blown down during the night. We drove down and saw the sad sight. We had heard they were planning a ribbon cutting for the pavilion this week and part of our project was to finish the restrooms and equipment room there. Don’t guess that will happen now.
Before church Anne got a message from her brother in Atlanta that her sister-in-law had taken a turn for the worse. He was needing some help and support so she drove to Atlanta to be with Jim and Marguerite. Marguerite has been battling ovarian cancer since 2015 and things are not going well now. Interestingly the drive to Atlanta from Hayesville was beautiful. Google’s suggested route led over some really windy north Georgia mountain roads with steep inclines and descents. Hopefully Anne will be back to work in a day or two.
We all attended church at Oak Forest UMC, which is just down the road from the Hinton Center. Every time we have been there the service has been very well done. Today was no exception. And the congregation always makes us feel welcome. After the service the team decided to go to Rib Country for lunch. We came back to camp instead to get Anne ready to go to Atlanta.
Max spent the afternoon walking around campus, greeting Gene and Oneda, the final two team members to arrive, and preparing for the initial team meeting. Since Anne wasn’t there he had more to do like getting the food ready. It rained most of the afternoon but stopped just before time for the meeting. We met at the lake house which is also where we will be having our daily devotions and where we will be working. The meeting started with everyone introducing themselves and telling about their families and NOMADS experience then we covered all the required informational and safety topics. After that, Bill discussed the tasks we will be undertaking. We ended with a few snacks and fellowship. In other words – our usual agenda. This seems like it will be another fun group and we are looking forward to working with them and accomplishing a lot for Hinton. The forecast calls for more rain tomorrow (we are under a flood warning) so we are thankful for inside work.