We’re Still Here – (In Alabama For Now)

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Wow, it’s been a month since we posted a blog entry.  That’s about as long as we have ever gone without a post.  But we haven’t been working on mission projects so not much has been interesting enough to blog about.

When we last posted we were both sick with COVID. YUK! We both had relatively light cases with none of the serious symptoms of shortness of breath or the like.  But, we certainly would not have wanted it to be any worse.  It took Anne about two weeks to be back to normal with Max a much  shorter time. After returning to health we had a visit with family in South Carolina. While making  one of our return trips to Alabama to work on estate stuff we were rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light outside of Atlanta.  We were driving the van and now we are waiting for parts to arrive for the repair.  Almost $10,000 damage but could have been so much worse.  Most importantly everyone is okay.  Unfortunately, no van meant we had to cancel our planned New England trip and NOMADS project in Maine.  Maybe next year.

We were able to go camping with Randy and Debra as they were learning more about their new-to-them travel trailer. They are ready to go out on their own but we will gladly go with them anytime!  Always great to spend time with them.  We had a good time at Modoc Campground which is a Corp of Engineers campground in South Carolina about 45 minutes from their house.  We enjoyed camping by the lake and watching all the critters.  We saw eagles most days as well as great blue herons and ospreys.  It was a relaxing few days, although too hot for much hiking except early morning.

We really were not planning to stay in the hot south this summer, but…we make plans and God laughs.  We stayed in South Carolina so we would be out of the way during the estate sale at Aunt Helen’s house.  The sale was over last weekend and now they will be cleaning out what was left.  Hopefully that won’t take too much longer and the house will sell quickly after that.  We still have other estate work to do as well.  Anne has also been busy with NOMADS work.  We are staying busy but hope to be back to some fun travel soon.  Hope everyone is staying healthy, safe and cool!

And to update you on this year’s Constructors for Christ project which finished up last week:

Click here to see a local TV news story about the project.

Constructors for Christ 2022 – Bremen, KY

Sunday, June26, 2022

Since our fun night at Christian Way Farm and Mini Golf, we have been camping at Horseshoe Acres RV Park in Bremen, KY.  After getting Fred situated on the site, we headed to the job site for our build.  We were disappointed to find that the rough plumbing and slab were not completed.  As we have seen previously, where there are disasters, the craftsmen have more work than they can handle and sometimes you just have to wait.  Interesting, the sermon Sunday was on building on a firm foundation, on the rock and not the sand.  The new church must be built on a firm foundation so, we had to be patient and wait.  The plumbers competed their rough-in work on Monday, and the concrete was poured Wednesday.  While waiting, other work was done.  Debra and Anne clean out and reorganized one of the tool trailers.  Headers and tees were also built so the walls will go faster for the team next week.  Thursday and Friday most of the wall baseplates were installed while we waited for the concrete to cure.  Of course, Constructors for Christ is so much more than just building a church.  We renewed old friendships – this is our eighth year to build with Constructors.  It was great to share meals and catch up.  Unfortunately, some team members tested positive for COVID earlier in the week.  We had hoped to visit with some NOMADS friends in the area this weekend but we both tested positive Saturday.  For now we plan to isolate here at Horseshoe Acres and figure out what we do next when we are feeling better.

Pumpkin Planting Day

Wednesday June 15, 2022

Yes, apparently June 15th is Pumpkin Planting Day – but not for us.  Keep reading.

Last week, we were back in Alabama, taking care of estate items, and other business.  It was a busy week and we still haven’t had an estate sale.  We are making progress but sometimes it seems very slow.  Monday, we spent on laundry and packing, etc., and yesterday morning pointed Fred north fruitlessly looking for some cooler temperatures.  (Actually we headed north for our annual Constructors for Christ project.)  We stopped at Christian Way Farm and Mini Golf for the night – a Harvest Hosts site.  This was a wonderful choice!  We met two of the nicest people, Janie and Milt who own this beautiful farm.  Their largest event each year is the Pumpkin Patch.  They raise over 10,000 pumpkins each year and have many more visitors than that. This is in a small rural area of KY. They also have precious goats, cows and other farm animals.  They do school tours, educating the kids on where their food comes from etc.  What makes this place so very special though is that they share the gospel with all their visitors in such a special way, with a pumpkin seed.  We suspect that for some it may be only time they hear about the love of Jesus.  Special, special place.  If you are ever in the area of Hopkinsville, KY, it’s well worth the drive off your route for a visit.

We will begin working in Bremen, KY this beginning this weekend.  We will be building a church with Constructors for Christ and are really looking forward to seeing people we haven’t seen since last year.  As with NOMADS, we have made some special friends in Constructors.  We were hoping for cooler temperatures but the forecast looks only hotter, 95-100 degrees every day.  Please remember our Constructor friends in your prayers, that we all work smart and stay hydrated, while serving the people of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Another Week in Laurel

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Hope everyone is enjoying these first days of summer.  It’s gotten pretty hot here in the south.  After our last post when we were back in Alabama, we talked with our friends in Laurel, MS and decided to return to Laurel on Memorial Day.  We spent last week working to remodel the area above the Bread of Life Food Pantry.  A new missionary family that has been ministering in Nepal and recently returned to the states will be joining Hope and Grant in ministry at the Glory House Global Outreach Center.  The Glory House simply brings the goodness of God to those in its reach with things like ESL classes, community meals, community service projects, classes for better living, and blessing others.  They work with children, youth, and adults, poor, and elderly.  It was great to get to work with Robbie again as we trimmed out all the windows and installed doors and ripped and installed 1×2’s at the top of the walls.  It was also great to spend time with Hope and Grant again.  We are touched by their ministry in Laurel.  They just love on everyone they meet and share the love of Jesus.  Thursday evening the new missionaries prepared an Indian meal, similar to what they would have eaten in Nepal and shared it with Grant, Hope and us.  It was so very good!  We ended up with the six of us visiting and getting to know each other until about 11:00pm – way past our bedtime – but so much fun.  Friday night we had dinner with Grant and Hope and Robbie and his wife (it was great to meet her), sharing another wonderful meal and then saying our goodbyes – for a while.  We do hope to return to Laurel.  There is much work to be done there.

Saturday morning we headed back to Alabama.  We wanted to be back in time to be at our church Sunday morning.  There is still estate work, accounting, NOMADS work and doctor’s appointments to keep us busy.  The estate sale has been postponed a week by the people preparing everything because there is just “so much stuff”.  We are not surprised.  We tried to warn them that there were a lot of very full closets and cabinets in Aunt Helen’s house.  We plan to stay here for about another week and then hopefully will be making our way to our next adventure.  Until next time…be sure to keep on serving others.  Try to make at least one person’s day a little better each day.