Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Barbara’s House Gets A Roof

Mission Trip Adventures 1.27     GOD is good. Ten days after starting Barbara Hastings’ home is now framed and shingles installed.  Not bad for a very small volunteer team who battled rain, snow, freezing temps and high winds. During the build Rick had to fly to Kansas City to discuss a church addition he will be doing this summer. We took a few days to go home and see family. Rick returned Friday night so Paul and a few local guys helped Rick set the rafters on Saturday. Ike and Kent brought Billy back on Sunday. Ann stayed home for another week due to a dentist visit. The team worked together to get the roof done and all the many hangers and straps installed by Tuesday evening. Thursday the new roof received it’s official snow welcome.   Thanks to each and every one who has helped with the framing of Barbara’s home. She seems so happy to be able to think about placing things in her home.

It is January and it is cold and snowing here.  However there are still many people not able to go home and kick their feet up in their chair as you might be doing as you read this post. I have talked to four more home owners this week who are asking for our help.  Please pray about the possibility of traveling to NJ to help us spread the love of GOD.  He called us and we responded and due to us and many others who followed HIS call families are returning home. A home that GOD’s children helped rebuild and I feel certain the families will never forget that.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Back to Work & Happy New Year

5.31     After a nice two week Christmas and New Year holiday we are back to work in NJ. David and Kathy Fuss joined us for a week to help coordinate operations and frame Barbara’s home.  Rick (our carpenter angel from Conn.) joined us until we get Barbara’s home framed and shingled. We had a great group of high school seniors from Statesville Christian School, in Statesville, NC. Since they were here from Thurs. to Wed. we had two feeding teams. We didn’t get a picture of the Reg 8 Feeding Team but they did a great job for the first part of the week and Dale Martin for the second half of the week. Some of the girls were lucky enough to do some inside work painting at the Gross home.1.14     It has been cold and windy.  However work has moved right along on Barbara Hastings home.  The youth have nailed hurricane straps, shoveled sand and moved lots of timber up to the main floor for us.  Rick is amazing.  He will gladly tell you he loves carpentry.  Paul, Greg and Mark (locals) have also been a great help.  FYI – that is snow you see. Rick works rain, snow, cold and wind and loves every minute GOD lets him build.  For everyone that knows how Billy likes to work – he has met his match (and then some).