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The Talking Mennonite - Our RV team is blessed to be parked on the grounds of a wonderful church, First Baptist Church of Deweyville. We attend Sunday morning and evening, a meal/Bible Study on Wednesday and many other social opportunities. During Sunday school this past Sunday some of the RV ladies decided to attend the "women's only" class. The "talking Mennonite" evolved when the class leader asked one of the ladies to share about Mennonites and our role in disaster work. Pat W stepped forward and explained to the group who we are and what we do. Ironically she and some of the other ladies married into the Mennonite family and explained that we come from various church backgrounds.
Scooter Don - Don B broke his heel in a fall from a scaffold and has had to rely on crutches and a wheelchair. Needing a more independent and easier way to get around he ordered a four-wheel "knee-scooter". PD Art C has dubbed him "Scooter Don."
The House Is Shrouded - The past week was spent leveling the ground around the house piers and installing the rim joists and floor joists and sub-floor. The elevated piers are now shrouded by wood. Let the framing begin!
The Gun Ladies - Kathy N and Dianne G learned how to use a nail gun to fasten the sub-floor to the joists. New muscles were discovered according to their report. Marilyn B. joined them the following day to complete the job. It's always exciting to see how various team members want to learn new skills. We are blessed to have our wives along side working with us.
Thursday At The Forum - Deweyville RV team hosted a gathering of project Directors, construction foreman, MDS building committee members and Akron staff in a review of the new building plans. Leaders did an excellent job in a very detailed review of the plans. Many important issues were raised and resolved in an effort to standardize our building at all project locations.
Social Times -The team took Friday to return to previous RV work site in Johnson Bayou and Hackberry, LA. It was so sad to see that houses built and those re-built within the past several years by MDS had been hit again by hurricanes. We do enjoy doing social things together in addition to the work we do.
Submitted by Don Buller
MDS volunteers are known for repairing and rebuilding homes damaged by disasters. But it takes more than construction skills to serve with MDS. During the time that you serve as a volunteer, you will learn that MDS also restores lives.
Your contribution will help to connect volunteers with disaster survivors who need assistance on their path to recovery. MDS depends on the support of people who believe that disaster response is an important part of helping those who are in need.
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