We have been having picture perfect fall weather here in North Alabama. Saturday was a relaxing day with some work, some play. We cooked our meals for the week. Anne enjoyed watching the Alabama ball game and we got some good exercise. Sunday was of course worship at Lester Memorial and a quick trip home to pick up the mail and enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon. Today it was back to work. First Mary Ann led us in a devotion titled “The Green Lifesaver” and of course gave us all a Lifesaver. We didn’t all get red ones but we will think of her devotion every time we see Lifesavers.
It was a very physical day. We worked with Mary and Phil on the Retreat Center today. We moved furniture outside to get some sunshine. They are having a little mildew problem so we will be cleaning some furniture and it began with some sun. We also cleaned the gutters and trimmed the bushes. We are very tired tonight. Others worked on landscaping and used the weed trimmer by the lake. Some moved the tables and chairs and garbage from the Chapel back to the lodge and cut grass. It was a great day to be working outside. Hope you had a good start to your week!
After a morning of chores and NOMADS business, we drove over to the Greasy Cove General Store, which is just a few miles from the camp, to get a couple of bacon cheeseburgers from The Greasy Spoon Cafe inside the store. We saw the store featured on Absolutely Alabama a few weeks ago. One of our team members described it as a “mini-Cracker Barrel.” The store part is very quaint and they have a good selection of produce outside.
After lunch we hiked the mountain trail up to the chapel with Phil and Mary. It was a fun hike and just as strenuous as we remembered. We were glad to see that the wedding party had cleaned up after themselves.
It was another beautiful fall day in north Alabama and the end of our first week at Camp Sumatanga. We have such a great, fun team to work with this year. We are getting to know our new friends Phil and Mary from Pennsylvania and Karla from Birmingham. We are really enjoying working with them. Welcome to NOMADS!
Sharon brought our devotion today using Isaiah 55:9 as the scripture. She reminded us that God’s ways are not our ways. God has a plan and has it all figured out. We need to trust him and remember He is in control. Thanks, Sharon. We all need that reminder from time to time.
Today the team completed the painting of the cabin, took the tables and chairs to the Chapel for tomorrow’s wedding and completed the cleanup of the landscaping in the day use area. The place now looks like we remember it. Now if we can all just not breakout with poison ivy from pulling all the weeds.
Since there is a wedding scheduled for Friday at the chapel on the mountain above Sumatanga, our priority today was to clean up that area. No one has been to the top of the mountain since March so everything was very overgrown. There were downed trees blocking the two-track gravel road. There were many branches leaning out over the road. You could not get through without them rubbing against your vehicle. Dead branches were on the ground, as well as all the grass being extremely tall and thick. It looked very overwhelming as we drove in off the main road. Our first assessment was it was at least a 3-4 day task and we only had two days. It was really sad to see the camp in such a state. After a few moments of looking around and shaking our heads, we just got to work. We had nine NOMADS plus Stephen, the maintenance department, helping. Two NOMADS stayed at camp to continue the painting. By this afternoon the place was transformed. Totally amazing! We will still have a little work to do tomorrow when we take the tables and chairs up the mountain. Everything is looking so nice and the view from the Chapel down into the valley is just as beautiful as ever. We are very tired tonight.