Thursday, March 8, 2018
This morning was quite cool with jackets the dress of the day. It warmed up quickly but with the wind we wore jackets any time we were not working in the sun.
First order of business this morning was a visit to the locally owned doughnut shop, Mary Lee Donuts. It seemed to also be a gathering place for some elderly (considerably older than us) locals. Seemed the bakers knew everyone who came in the door but us. And the other patrons seemed to all know each other. We know why people gather here because the doughnuts were great. We tried the cinnamon roll, apple fritter and blueberry doughnuts. We would purchase them all again. But, there were so many options we might try something different next time.
After breakfast found a weed eater and worked on neatening up the area around where the RVs will be parked. As we were starting on that project we saw a couple walking toward us and realized it was Jo and Mark. There are on our team for next week and came over from New Orleans to scout out their route. It was so great to see them. We visited for a while and then they decided they really didn’t want to stay in New Orleans any longer and went back and packed up and moved to Baton Rouge this afternoon. Fun times!
After Jo and Mark headed back to New Orleans we did the grass cutting/trimming and cleaning the area. We also went through the tool room to become familiar with the tools available to us. Then we ran some errands to pick up some supplies and went to lunch at Rice and Roux. Rice and Roux is another locally owned restaurant. They give mission volunteers a 40% discount on their meals. It’s their way of saying thank you to people in town to help their neighbors. Everyone we have met seems very appreciative for the help. We had gumbo and a piece of fried fish for lunch and it was very good. This project is not starting out as a project to lose weight because the ladies from Francis Asbury UMC fed all the volunteers here this week dinner tonight. We didn’t really need another large meal but the ladies were so sweet we couldn’t say know when they came out to the motor home to invite us to join the volunteers working this week. Jo and Mark also joined us. It was a wonderful meal of jambalaya with all the fixings and even better fellowship.
We have an appointment in the morning with the construction coordinator, Charles, to visit our first house tomorrow. Looking forward to that. He was hoping to have materials delivered to our first job site by tomorrow as well. Once again, these people seem to be on top of everything. The conference has over 300 homes of people who have already met all the qualifications for assistance and with the help of UMCOR donations and volunteers like NOMADS, they hope to accomplish a lot over the next few months. There will be 54 college students staying at the church next week and another 64 at another church, so we know they will be really busy next week. After that the NOMADS will basically have the church to ourselves.