Friday, December 18, 2020
Wednesday morning began with devotional time led by Jim. He shared with us some of his late wife’s published writings – very touching and thought provoking. She was quite the woman. We all really appreciated Jim sharing these insightful and personal writings. It was a great time of sharing. Thanks Jim.
We then all went back to our work at the Wesley Foundation and Evelyn’s house (we finally learned our home owner’s name). At Wesley Stel, Jim, Chris (Volunteer Coordinator) and Max began the arduous task of cleaning up the “Big Room”. The grinding made such a mess. The dust oozed out into the entire building. It was a bit overwhelming. Over at Evelyn’s house, Jodi, Kevin, Suzan and Anne did a lot of cleaning too. Then they decided they needed to paint one more ceiling – a small one in the ½ bath. They completed our checklist for the house shortly before lunch.
After lunch the entire team returned to Wesley to continue the clean up process. We were hopeful we would complete the cleanup by Thursday afternoon. Somehow when we got the entire team back together and began working, an amazing amount of cleanup was done.
Thursday morning after another wonderful devotion led by Stel and Jodi, we all hurried to Evelyn’s house for our Bible presentation. We also had a reporter from one of the local TV stations come to do a story on the disaster recovery. Click here to see the video.
Next, we had a Bible presentation at the Wesley Foundation. It wasn’t exactly DR work but we just wanted to give Eric and Albert, the director and assistant director, a little love so we all signed a Bible for them as well. After that we did the final cleaning at the center and with our work done the Hattiesburg DR came to a close.
This week we were treated with lunch Monday and Wednesday by some of the R3SM staff. Wow, it was two more great meals! Everyone we have worked with in Hattiesburg (our third time here) has always been so generous and welcoming. Hopefully, they will never need us again, but we would be glad to return. It was a great time with a great team. We are so blessed.