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Today was our last day of work and it included the house blessing for Ms. Willie. It was a joy to see some of her family out to enjoy the service. Everybody, including Ms. Willie and her family, had stories to share and comments to make. It was so interesting and perhaps one of the longer house blessings we have been to. Harry and Casey attended from the LTRC. Casey and one of the daughters brought a lot of food. Nobody left hungry! The house looks so nice and bright. Some who had not seen the transformation take place could hardly believe it was the same house! Ms. Willie’s relative, a pastor, came out to do the dedicatory prayer. He shared some scripture, which was very meaningful. Also attending the blessing was Bill McCoy from MDS and R. Unrau, the new project director from Birmingham.
A very special part of the service was provided by Alan and Susan, who accompanied our singing of “Amazing Grace” and “This Is The Day” Alan plays the mandolin and Susan plays the guitar and the harmonica.
The last week of work went well. The weather was great – it actually was on the cool side a few mornings. We are not complaining! We had been warned that we might have very hot temperatures in April. Some afternoons have been in the lower 80’s, but we could not have asked for better weather.
Everett and Beverly Moore plan to pull out early tomorrow. The rest of us will meet Harry from LTRC at Gabby’s for breakfast again – it has been dubbed “the last breakfast.” Len and Nettie and their crew plan to join us as well and after breakfast we will come up to our RV sites and the MDS vehicles, tool and office trailers will be taken to the warehouse in Columbus, MS.
The Sawatzkys, Schroepfers and the Martens plan to attend the memorial service in Cordova commemorating the first anniversary of the April 27th, 2011 tornadoes. All churches have been asked to toll their bells nine times at the exact time of the tornadoes to remember the nine who lost their lives in Walker County.
Saturday morning we plan to vacate Sleepy Holler Campground and start heading home. It has been such a good home away from home and we will miss all the beauty that surrounds us here.
We would appreciate your prayers for safety as we travel. May God bless you and reward you for taking an interest in the work that MDS is involved in!
Verna for Jake, Everett and Beverly, Alan and Susan, and Peter and Mary An
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