It was another picture perfect day and we again enjoyed sitting outside for morning break and lunch. The sun was so bright by afternoon break we stayed inside out of the sun.
Reid led us for our morning devotion time this morning using Bob Goff’s book “Love Does”. He read an except of the first chapter and from that excerpt it seemed it might be a book we would enjoy. The church we attended while in Oxford, MS had Mr Goff speaking there last week. It was probably very good. Reid encouraged us to remember that God is waiting to take our smallness into greatness and that He is always with us.
We discussed yesterday’s work and then headed back to the jobs we left yesterday. Susan went back to Cheryl’s house with Reid and Bill to work on the bedroom ceiling. They completed the installation and got everything painted and caulked. The only thing left to do there is to reinstall the ceiling fan – unless we get something added to the work order tomorrow when Max and Jeff do the final walk-thru. Cheryl is so happy and excited about the work we have done there. We could get to do a give a Bible to Cheryl tomorrow. Would love to get to do that before Reid and Bill leave.
Anne, Dave, Carol and Mike were back at Jackie’s and Max again worked at both locations helping wherever needed, and kept us all in the needed supplies. Dave and Mike continued to cut and install baseboard. There is a lot of baseboard in this house. They are close to having it installed in all the rooms that are complete enough for base. There will also be some additional to install when we get the cabinets installed. Carol and Anne worked in one of the bedrooms making some repairs to the drywall and preparing for paint tomorrow. Anne also painted the closet in that bedroom. Carol worked on priming the windows this afternoon. The house is coming along but still lots to be done.
Tonight Bill and Cheryl (NOMAD Cheryl) went to see their grandchildren who live about an hour away, for trick or treating. We didn’t have any kids trick or treat us at the campground. Hope you had a great day. Tomorrow is NOMAD Friday. We will be ready for the “long” weekend.
This morning was even cooler than yesterday. But again like yesterday, we were sitting outside for breaks and lunch enjoying the wonderful weather. The next two days are suppose to be even warmer.
Bill led us in devotion this morning using 1 Kings 19 for his scripture. We discussed why insurance companies and society in general call tornadoes, earthquakes and fires “acts of God.” In 1Kings, God was not in the wind, earthquake or fire. But, God is always with us. We were all natural disasters, saved by Christ.
After devotion, we discussed our work plans and all headed back to work where we left off yesterday. Dave and Mike completed the trim on the windows in the main living area of the house and the master bedroom. There are a couple of more windows in rooms we haven’t completed the painting so those will have to wait a few more days. So they started on base board in the master bedroom, completed that and then moved on to a short hallway. The house looks much better trimmed out. Carol and Anne worked on painting crown molding and then this afternoon Carol worked on window trim. She is doing really well managing things with her broken arm. Anne also did some more work on drywall and closets today. Max worked on another door, ran errands to Lowe’s and the warehouse, and worked over at Cheryl’s for a while. Bill, Susan and Reid completed everything except the new ceiling in the bedroom. They primed the boards for the ceiling, and installed about ¾ of the plywood. They expect to complete that project tomorrow. Max will plan to do a walk through with Jeff, the construction superintendent, to see if he needs to add anything else to the work order. We met with Jeff this afternoon at Jackie’s house to layout the kitchen cabinets and get them ordered, and review additional items to be completed there. We all worked very hard today and are very tired tonight but work is going well.
For those of you who have been following the blog, you may remember when we were here before during the hot summer of 2017, we worked extensively on a home owned by Mary Elizabeth. We have been very concerned about her and her home because the NOAA imagery we found online shortly after Florence indicated her home flooded again. We have been hoping that information was wrong. Yesterday afternoon we finally drove over to her house to see for our self the condition of Mary Elizabeth and her things. We were pretty blown away. We turned off the main highway, driving by the Board of Education property about a block away and there was obvious flood debris everywhere. It was obvious that there was many feet of water in the area. Debris was hung in the barbed wire fence at the top of the eight foot high fence. As we approached the house we again began seeing piles of personal belongings and home fixtures on the sides of the road. Mary Elizabeth’s house flooded again, worse than in Matthew. The emergency response team has removed all the flooring, drywall and cedar paneling that we installed last year. Last time, there was no damage in the second floor. This time several ceilings on the second floor are also having to be removed because the severe winds caused the roof to leak. So sad. We didn’t get to see Mary Elizabeth but will try to return and see her another day. Maybe it was better for us to see the damage and have a few days to process those images and thoughts before we get to visit with her. Please pray for all the people of Lumberton who have been through so much these past three years.
It was a beautiful fall day today in Lumberton. It was quite cool again this morning but it warmed up quickly and we had breaks and lunch outside in the sun. Nice.
We, of course, started the day with devotion and as we normally do on projects we lead, we had the first day. The devotion was based on Psalm 119:105 and Psalm 32:8. We use a GPS receiver to guide us to our destination and we should be using GPS – God’s Positioning System – the Bible to stay on the right track while we are on this earth. The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”
After devotion we discussed the two houses, Jackie’s and Cheryl’s, we are still working on and headed out to the job sites. We walked the team through the houses discussing all that’s left to be done. For most of the day, Anne was with Carol, Dave and Mike at Jackie’s. Reid, Susan and Bill were at Cheryl’s and Max spent time there and running to get supplies and the returned to Jackie’s.
By the end of the day the flooring was complete at Cheryl’s and the wall was sanded and more mud applied. That project has now been expanded to include some additional work on one of the bedroom’s ceiling so we will now be there several more days. At Jackie’s, some final coat painting was done on crown molding and several windows were trimmed out. We also filled nail holes and trim and did some more priming in a couple of closets. It was a good day even though it was a Monday which is always the slowest day of the week – Mosey Monday.
Today the sun came out and it was a beautiful day. Quite cool and nice. The high was in the low 60’s.
We of course went to church this morning. We took our new team members back to Chestnut Street UMC, our sponsoring agency. Again, worship was good, the congregation welcoming. The pastor talked to us a while after the service. He is such a nice person. It was a treat to visit with him again. The team decided to skip eating out and head on back to the campground to await the arrival of the rest of the team. Susan and Mike were first in, sometime after three and then Bill and Cheryl arrived about 5:45.
We delayed team meeting a bit but then had everyone visit with us in FRED. It was a little cramped with 9 people but we managed just fine. A few snacks and some time to get to know one another. Nice. We reviewed the opening meeting check list with everyone and will review the work to be done this week in the morning after devotion. It was a good day.
Since we didn’t take any pictures here today, we included a few pictures of the last day Constructors for Christ worked at New Heights Church. Click here to go back a few weeks in the blog to see what it looked like when we arrived. (Thanks, Linda, for the pictures)
It didn’t rain any today. It looked like it was going to rain several times but never did. Finally late this afternoon we saw the sun for a few moments. It was cold all day. However, tomorrow and the next few days should be rather nice.
Team members leaving
All of our last week team members pulled out this morning before lunch. After saying goodbyes to everyone Anne made her first call to interview potential new NOMADS members. This is one of her duties as a member of the Board. She calls people who live in the southeast jurisdiction when they apply for membership to give them more information and answer questions. Then we headed to the grocery store for a few items. We headed back home and had some leftovers from Thursday night’s dinner for lunch. Shortly after that Carol and Dave arrived. So thankful they arrived safely. After they got set up, we (Dave, Carol, Reid and the two of us) decided to go to Cookout for milkshakes. This Cookout was different. It is only a drive-thru. We had planned to go in, sit down and visit while enjoying our shakes. Oh, well. We bought our shakes and came back to the campground and visited in FRED. We had a good afternoon. And yes, the shakes were just as good as the ones in Tuscaloosa. Hope everybody is enjoying their weekend.
This time the weather forecasters were correct. They said that today would be a wet day and it has been wet all day. We have had a few minutes when it wasn’t raining but most of the time it has been raining since about 3:00 am.
It was a good day to stay at home. It was such a good day to stay at home that we stayed here all day. Also every member of the team that were scheduled to leave today decided they really didn’t have to be anywhere else and decided to spend one more night in Lumberton. Since we were all still here we all went out to dinner again tonight except this time Ann and Jeff (our agency contacts) got to go with us. We all had a great time at Texas Roadhouse and really good food too. It was nice to have another evening with the team when were were all a little more rested than last night.
We also had one of our new team members arrive just before we left for dinner. Reid arrive in the midst of a downpour. He had to have a miserable drive from Hayesville today. Max helped him get backed in before we left for dinner. We will have one more couple arrived tomorrow and then two more Sunday.
Otherwise, we spent the day doing laundry and lots of paperwork. From the rain on the roof it sounds like it will be good sleeping weather again tonight but tomorrow is suppose to be a nice day. Hope you have a good weekend. Pray for safe travels for all our traveling NOMADS please.
Today started out cold and then didn’t warm up very much. We pretty much had on at least three layers all day, rather than down to a short sleeve T-shirt. We had a little sun today but most of the day it was overcast.
We have had great devotions this week. Today Ginger had us thinking about asking of God and then actually listening. Often we ask God for direction and then are so busy we don’t listen for the answer. She included a wonderful story of her childhood when she road a bike down a hill with a blindfold covering her eyes. BTW, it didn’t end well.
We all went back to work where we left off yesterday. We went over to Sheryl’s house to go over the work order and what had been done this week so we would no where to start Monday and then headed back to Jackie’s house. Today Sharon applied a couple coats of paint to the doors in the back bedroom. She also filled nail holes on trim and painted crown mold. Gary and Max worked on installing doors most of the day and by the end of the day all but one was installed. That last closet door will not be installed until after the water heater is installed in that closet. The doors are taking longer than usual because we are working in a manufactured home and the rough opening are not standard size. So each door and its casing has to be shortened and some of the rough openings have to be widened. Anne worked on some more drywall, filling nail holes and painting Kilz on trim. We all had a good day and are making progress. Larry, Ginger, Bill and Ogie continued work at Sheryl’s house. They completed the bathroom trim, got all the under-layment installed in the kitchen, and re-routed some plumbing. They have done a great job on that house.
All of these organizations were working today at Sheryl’s house.
We all went to dinner tonight at Zeno’s, an Italian restaurant. Max ordered lasagna and Anne had parmesan chicken, both of which were very good. Hoping for a quiet day at home tomorrow, listening to the rain on the roof.