Monday, April 28, 2014

A Full House and a Praise

Mission Trip Adventures 4.26  1-Citi Impact group from Canada; 2-First Baptist Kannapolis; 5-Region 1 Feeding Team: Phil, Hollis and Billy; 4 & 6-Paul and Billy built a platform for Anthony to put his condenser units on; 6- Tim has become a regular customer at OB CO, the local donut shop. 7-The feeding team preparing another great meal.Canada Group  The Canadian group did several jobs.  They tore out a floor system, cleaned up yards, loaded a dumpster and moved sand.  They also started painting inside a home.1st Bapt  The First Baptist group also cleaned several yards including Union Church and our site. They planted a garden for the Jolly’s along with reworking their shed and building an access ramp for Ron.  The ladies even cleaned Christmas ornaments they found in the shed. Part of the team laid flooring for Mr. Fred.  The rest of the group hung sheet rock.

The weather is getting warmer now and many home owners are wanting to get their homes rebuilt so they can return home.  If you or your team are available we still have several weeks with few or no volunteers.

The PRAISE:  Ron Jolly’s cancer is in remission!

A note from Rhea:

A blessed hello to you all,

Thank you for all your prayers/help.  Good news just received from Dr.

Ron's main organs are now clear of the cancer (brain, neck/spine, liver and kidneys)!  Dr. doesn't really believe in remissions, but says you can call it that if you want.  It's truly a miracle to us.  We almost lost him twice over the past 6 months.  Now he has to recuperate/rest for 3 months from the chemo/radiation and slowly get stronger.  Dr. will watch him closely over the next 6 months.

I am so happy.  Looks like Ron will get to see his daughter graduate from High School in June!  House is looking beautiful!  Another group from NC Baptists just finished putting in a ramp off the back deck for Ron since he can't handle steps well now.  We are moving in bit, by bit.  Can't be in there full-time till Rosemary finishes H.S.  She only has a few more months to go.

Hoping all is well with you.  Wanted to spread the joyous news!  Pastor Todd Connell up here from Lavalette prayed for a miracle with the last large group in our house and we got our miracle!  

Take care.  Love, Rhea Jolly


Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Visit from Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

Mission Trip Adventures 4.20.14 pg (2)  Our volunteers this week: 1-West Point Baptist, Kannapolis; 2-Joshua and Hannah Tollison; 3-Region 8 Feeding Team (Bryson, Rosemary, Jane, Ann & Bobby).Collages  On Wednesday Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno visited our work site (Anthony and Lucrezia’s) and housing site.  The Government of New Jersey is supportive and thankful for all that the North Carolina Baptist are doing in New Jersey.  After a few encouraging words she helped Ronnie install some molding.  After that she visited the housing area.  She was very surprised at how prepared we were to house and feed volunteers.  After seeing the site she now understands why we can say we have most every thing our volunteers need.  FYI – Her home is in Mantaloking, about 15 minutes north which was also hit hard by Sandy.Mission Trip Advendures 4.20.14 pg1  During the week the volunteers tacked several tasks.  This included installing sheet rock at Timmy’s home, flooring at Jayne and Ashley’s, framing garage doors and windows at Anthony and Lucrezia’s and hanging sheet rock at Kenny’s.Mission Trip Adventures 4.20.14 pg  On Friday we received a load of building supplies from CitiIMPAC.  These materials will be used to build a new house for Barbara (Pastor Todd’s secretary) this summer.  Special thanks to Kenny for arranging for a fork lift.  On Thursday night we attended the Maundy Thursday Service at Union Church.  Then on Sunday we attended the Sunrise service on the beach.  It was cold and windy but the message remains.  Happy Resurrection Day!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Arrives at the Jersey Shore

4.12  We did not get any new volunteers this week but Don did stay until Wednesday.  He helped Billy on Anthony’s back deck.  Paul, Tim and Vicki helped hang more sheetrock at Anthony’s.  Hopefully we are finished now.  Sherwin Williams sent in a volunteer/employee paint crew and supplied the paint for the main living floor.  They will be back later to paint the upstairs and basement.

For anyone that worked on the Jolly’s house you will be interested to know that they plan to move in next week.

The week started out cold but ended up warmer (notice I did not say warm). Ann has been running on the boardwalk and for the first time on Saturday there were lots of people to dodge.  It was a beautiful day and some of the rides were open.  Spring has finally arrived in NJ.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Work Continues at Anthony’s

Mission Trip Adventures 4.5.14  1-Ann went with Connie and Jackie to the Beachplum Quilters of the Jersey Shore Quilt Show on Saturday; 2-Al & Jim from Virginia; 3-Don from Roxboro; 4-Feeding Team plus three rebuild volunteers from Region 5:Linda, Louise, Carl, Connie, Mike, Judy & Richard.Mission Trip Adventures 4.5-001  We continued to work on Anthony’s house this week.  There is a lot of sheetrock in that house. Even the feeding team came by to help clean up the building supplies.   The Region 5 team also did tearout, clean up and mold fogging at other homes.

At the present time we have 4 homes that could be completed and ready for home owners to move back into in just a couple of weeks. However we only had the 6 volunteers this week. Don plans on returning home on Wednesday and that leaves us with 0 volunteers from out of state.  Paul continues to volunteer with NCBM almost everyday which is a big blessing.