A Day of Finishes

Friday, September 7, 2018

We are stuck on 70 degrees and 95% humidity. This morning we also had fog. The forecast high was 91. Don’t know what the actual high was but everyone was very hot and really had to drink fluids to avoid dehydration.

Even though it was Friday, the team worked today since we were off Monday for the Labor Day holiday. We know it was still just a four day week, not an extra day but we were all very tired by the end of the day. Part of it was surely the heat and humidity. Maybe the rest was just because we knew we were working on Friday.

James receiving the keys to his house
James receiving the keys to his house (photo by R3SM)

For our former team members who follow this blog, we want you all to know that R3SM, our Hattiesburg agency turned the keys to his house over to James this week. So happy that he is finally back in his home, a totally new house. James has been restored to a better situation than he had before the tornado. You all worked very hard and played a big part in this wonderful gift to him. Praying he has many wonderful years in his new home and thankful for all the NOMADS who worked so hard in Hattiesburg.  (Click here to read our blog entry of our last day there.)

The Board of Directors of Camp Lake Stephens will be meeting here beginning Sunday afternoon. Therefore, we spent a lot of today trying to finish up some things to make the camp look great for the guests coming for the weekend, and the Board Sunday. Today we (Max, Anne and Kitty) completed the Restful Cottage and one of the Board members will be staying there Sunday night. We repaired the lavatory drain, moved the last of the IKEA furniture from the Lodge to the cottage, washed the new dishes, pans, utensils and towels and placed then in them in the cottage. We also installed tissue holder and towel rods and generally just cleaned up the cottage. We are pleased with the outcome. Hope the Board is too.

John and Dave working on the outside of the barn

Dave and John worked at the barn to get it looking good and then joined the rest of us in the main part of camp helping wherever they were needed.

Shannon, Del and Peggy completed the “Maypole” area – officially the sail shade structure. Late this afternoon we all sat around under the shade. Nice.

The garden fence and gate were also completed by Mariel and Carol with the help of John, Shannon, Dave and Max.

Carol and Dave met with Rich our camp director and they told us that he is very pleased with all we have accomplished for the camp. He has never worked with NOMADS before and as usual is surprised by how much we get done in a week. We are all very tired tonight but it is a good tired.

Our weekend is one day short but we still have a play day planned for tomorrow. It should be fun.

Rainy Day Work

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Today was another day of intermittent rain but nothing even approached severe. We did get more rain overnight and don’t know the storm total for this area but definitely had enough rain for a while. When we walked this morning it was again 70 degrees and 95% humidity. At lunch it was 80 and still 95% humidity. We are ready for some dryer air.

Evening RainbowWhen we walked this morning we saw what we think we two foxes run across the road in front of us. They were in the shadows, so we couldn’t be positive but they looked like foxes to us. On our afternoon walk we saw a beautiful rainbow. Walking is good for the body but also good for the spirit.

Peggy had our devotion today and as God often works when He is trying to tell us something, Peggy used the same scripture from Mathew that we had in our Seedbed devotion from Mark 4:35-41. It’s where Jesus is asleep in the boat during the storm. The main point is to not panic during the storms of life, but to trust Jesus. Even if you don’t usually read Seedbed Daily Devotion, you should read today’s. It’s a good one.

After devotion, we went back to our rainy day assignments from yesterday. Kitty completed the curtains for the retreat cabin and Carol and Mariel (the curtain crew) hung them this afternoon. They look very good. Kitty joined the Ikea furniture crew (Anne and Peggy) and they completed the three drawer chest they started yesterday and then completed a large cube storage unit and then put together a bed.

Dave, Del, John, Shannon and Max continued the barn remodel. Max and Shannon worked on electrical rough-in while the others completed framing in a window and then moved on to insulation. Dave helped out wherever needed.

By the end of the day all the curtains were complete and all the furniture was complete. We will have to see what they need us to do tomorrow.

Rain Doesn’t Slow The Team Down

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Can’t say it was a beautiful day today but it wasn’t nearly as bad as it might have been. There has been no severe weather in our area and we pray that continues. We had a few light sprinkles this morning, some rain after lunch for a short time and then it started raining just as we were getting back to Fred shortly after 4:00 and it continues now at 8:30 pm. Really wouldn’t mind if it continues at bedtime tonight. Good sleeping weather. From the looks of the radar, it looks like Alabama probably had worse weather than we have had here. However, we could have some flooding in the surrounding area if it hangs around too long. Hope everyone is safe and dry.

We had devotion for the team today and since everyone had been so interested in Tropical Storm Gordon we did a devotion we call “How do you stop a hurricane?” It was well received with some good discussion following.

We all had two different assignments today. The first for this morning prior to expected rain and the second for after the rain arrived what ever time that might be. Anne, Mariel, Kitty, Peggy and Carol began in the new garden, installing the gate and beginning the fencing. Max, Shannon and Del continued their work on the sun shade area that we are calling the Maypole area. They cut off the top of the center pole to the specified height and installed all the eye bolts in it. They reinstalled a bench that had to be moved to erect the outside poles.  John and Dave returned to the barn to continue building the new maintenance shop..


We all went to our rainy day jobs shortly after break. That sent Max, Shannon and Del to the barn to join Dave and John, Anne and Peggy back to putting together more IKEA furniture for the hermitage cottage, Kitty to sewing some curtains for the cottage and Carol and Mariel installing new curtains in various cabins. Nobody missed a beat and we all had another productive day for Camp Lake Stephens. And even with all the rain, since we got a good walk in early this morning we still totaled over five miles and 14,000 steps today.


Start Of Week Two

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

It was another beautiful day in Oxford.  However, it was hot and humid. At 6:00 am when we walked it was a cool 70 degrees but with 95% humidity. The calendar changing to September certainly doesn’t mean the start of fall in the south.

Kitty brought our devotion this morning from Isaiah 6:8, where the question is “Whom shall I send?” She reminded us that spiritual renewal leads to service. Likewise faithful service leads to spiritual renewal. Thanks, Kitty, for another wonderful start to our day.

Since Hurricane Gordon is headed for the Mississippi gulf coast which will probably lead to rain in our area for the next couple of days, our work plans have changed. Today we all worked on the outside items and once the rain starts we will all be inside. Max, Shannon, Peggy and part of the day Del and Sara the Intern, worked on installing 4×4 posts, digging the holes, installing the posts and setting in concrete. This will be a sun screen area when the project is complete. The post holes were the challenge. The ground is very hard.

Anne, Kitty, Mariel and Del for the first part of the day worked in the garden. We are moving 40 tomato cages from the lower garden to the new upper garden we are making. There are also a lot of additional older cages we are reading for disposal. We are also removing the fencing and will be pulling up all the 4×4 posts at the old garden. We are moving to garden to an area closer to the kitchen so that they will have easier access to the crops.

Carol, Dave and John continued to work on the barn area that is being converted to maintenance. Today they framing in some windows and starting the electrical rough-in.

We were all pretty exhausted by the end of the day. The heat slowed us down. Even so it was another productive day and another fun day of serving our Lord in this place.