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We thank God for another week of beautiful weather. We are nearing the one year anniversary of the terrible tornados that struck all of Alabama on April 27, 2011. We were somewhat apprehensive staying on in April because of tornado activity, but so far there have been no tornados in AL this month. We did have some close calls in Jan., Feb. and Mar., but then we were not expecting them! The temperatures have been so comfortable all week and we have had very little rain.
A lot of work was done this week. Ms. Willey’s house looks better every day. A lot of mudding, sanding and painting was done last week. We were glad we were able to do a lot of painting outside again. If the weather cooperates, we paint all the trim, baseboards and doors outside. This allows the mudders, sanders and wall and ceiling painters more space to work. We usually have to work around a lot of furniture and “stuff” and it also means we often have to dodge one another.
On Mon. the Long Term Recovery Committee came to visit our site. Beverly’s home church had sent some quilts to distribute here and it was her privilege to present a quilt to Cindy. Many of you have been praying for her and she asked to thank all of you for the prayers on her behalf. Her prognosis looks good at this point and we hope she will be able to continue with the LTRC.
On Wed. our group was blessed with company when Norman and Carolyn Ringenberg, Project Directors for the New Iberia RV team, dropped in on their way home. It was good to see them. We all enjoyed a pot luck supper together. They left Friday morning.
On Friday most of our group went for breakfast at Gabby’s where Harry from the LTRC usually meets us to discuss work. This time we also had Bill McCoy from MDS join us. At lunch on Friday the owners of Sleepy Holler Campground had the ten RV volunteers over for a southern style BBQ. It was an event that will be remembered by us all for a long time.
Saturday was a sad occasion for us when Dick and Kathy pulled up stakes and headed north. Thank you for the seven weeks of work you put in. The time was too short! The rest of us have four more work days left before the project closes on April 26.
This morning we attended the Memorial Park Church of God. This is Harry’s home church and they are most welcoming. This was the last Sunday we will be in church in this area and it gives us all kinds of reasons to reflect on the past almost seven months of being here. We have experienced many blessings during this time and have made many new friends, volunteers and locals alike. Besides that we also have done a lot of hard work!!
Thank you for your interest in the work here and we again ask for your prayers as we enter our last week here.
Verna for Jake, Peter and Mary Ann, Alan and Susan and Everett and Beverly
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