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Weekly Report for Birmingham

October 19, 2012
Category: Birmingham, AL

Warm sunshine welcomed the long-term volunteers as they began to gather at the Birmingham site. Bill McCoy made sure all those coming got a great overview and helped introduce us to the work that is to come. Frank and Lena Mae Hoover also helped with preparing the camp to open. We have Lena Mae to thank for wonderfully clean chairs to sit on! Ryan Sprunger, Mike, Sharon, Tatiana and Taylor Gorchynski, Norm and Ollie Wiebe, Bruce and Marj Weber met each other for the first time and are very blessed to have such a dedicated, knowledgeable team to serve with. On Sunday night, Mike shared with our team how God led his family into MDS. This is a very special journey they are on. Julie and Paul Hunt were our ever present photographers who tried very hard to get the MDS story in picture. Some subjects were less enthusiastic about cameras in their faces. Nevertheless, Paul and Julie kept up a very positive attitude throughout the week.

The ten pre- registered short-termers became two, Jan and Steve, but they, along with Mike and Ryan worked extremely hard doing an entire roof, as well as starting a new build for Ms. Macolee. The skid steer did not cooperate entirely, and so the muscle and shovel power was provided by the volunteers. We were so grateful that the back pain issues at the start, actually improved as the week went on! The other blessing was that the skid steer service technician responded to our distress within 30 minutes! Now that is also a miracle.  

It’s just the beginning, but we’ve already heard so many good stories of people who have had only Jesus to hang on to. We count it a blessing to be here with them.

Marj for Birmingham MDS





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