Tuesday morning started out chilly again and never did warm up to where it was yesterday. They tell us it's very unseasonal weather for the Gulf region. The work teams today were pretty much the same as yesterday -- fencing, roofing, building frames for windows and doors, and painting and porch work. Most of the smaller projects were finished up today -- the painting and porch projects that were off-site. The fence is almost complete -- we will certainly finish in the morning.
The really BIG exciting news is that the plumbing inspector came this morning and approved the progress so the concrete will be poured tomorrow. This is almost three-weeks behind the original schedule so you can image how excited the long-term volunteers are to finally get to this point. Carl , the director of Disciples Volunteering, assured us last night that because of the enthusiasm and spirit of the many volunteers here this week, he believes we can make up a week of work before we lay our hammers down on Friday -- we'll see! The hope is that the framing pieces that have been partially completed can be assembled on the slab on Friday, making for a great photo opportunity as we all "say cheese" in front of the newly framed building.
The real heroes of today were the roofing crew who decided on their own to stay beyond quitting time so that they could get the roof to a point where it would be waterproof in time for the predicted rains throughout the early morning hours. They worked until 6:30 and finally as the sun was setting made the 30 minute drive back to the church where they were greeted with cheers as they came into the dining tent, tired and dirty. Way to go, roofing crew!
It's so wonderful to see the connections and friendships that are growing throughout the week as people get to know each other and often times discover common friends and experiences. It really is amazing that we live in such a small world.
Where did we see God today?
- In a roofing crew that voluntarily stayed on the job so that the family who lives in the house would stay dry tonight
- In a ten-year-old who volunteered to give the noon-time prayer so that he could go through the line first
- In the calm presence of Bruce who willfully sat in the middle of a van of teenagers as they blasted Taylor Swift at full volume -- and even had a smile on his face!
- In the presence of Brandon Gilvin, Associate Director of Week of Compassion, who shared the news that Disciples have now given in excess of $2 Million for relief efforts in Haiti
- In an Inspector who came at 7 a.m. so that the concrete could be poured tomorrow on schedule
- In a lively worship service led by the youth from Oklahoma
Good night, everyone! Blessings, Gretchen