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Grand Forks, BC – Weekly Report – August 19-23, 2019

September 3, 2019

We said goodbye to three of our long term volunteers on Friday; Sam, Jon & Hannah.  It was a pleasure to work with them and to get to know them.  Hopefully we meet again on another MDS project somewhere.  We wish you all God’s blessings in your future endeavours.

This week we welcomed a group of young adults from Pennsylvania.  They worked hard, together with our other long term volunteers, and got a lot of work done on the homes we have been restoring.  Harold Friesen, the Chairman of the Canadian MDS Board, was vacationing in the area and also decided to put in several days of hard work.  We welcomed him with open arms.

Kevin King and Ross Penner stopped in for a two-day visit and spent some of their time working on one of our houses as well.  They both shared many stories of how MDS has changed peoples lives and of people who are so willing to give of their finances to make it possible for us volunteers to restore hope to so many flood victims.  It was great to have them be a part of the Grand Forks project.

At the Redding house, the basement walls were drywalled, trim was painted and soffits were installed.  The metal siding was completed all around the house and an attic access was built and installed.  This house is almost ready to move into.  We are just waiting for an electrician to install a main panel in the power house, run a line to the panel in the house and do finish electrical.

Doors were hung, cabinets and countertop installed, trim was painted, baseboards and door trim were installed at the Tough house.  All the interior doors were also painted…. A good week at this house.

The Fillo house is progressing nicely with insulation installed and a subfloor layed in order to level it out.  Soffits, siding and metal roof were all installed.  MDS volunteers continue to be very grateful for the help we are being given by the homeowner.

The Yates house continues to be worked on with subfloor and windows installed.  Insulation and acoustic seal / vapour barrier was installed and we passed the insulation inspection.  Drywalling has begun. 

It was with thankful hearts that we were able to dedicate the McClelland house this week.  This homeowner had a smile on her face the entire time and could hardly wait to start moving in.  God has been good in providing us with timely skilled volunteers. Jonathan, the crew leader for this renovation project, did an amazing job of making sure all the different facets of this renovation were well done.

We are looking forward to what God in store for us this coming week, including working with a new group of volunteers from Manitoba.

Mark, Lorraine, Jon, Sam, Hannah, Connie, Robert, Royce & Pietie