Grand Forks, BC – Weekly Report – Sept 9-13, 2019

September 19, 2019

Greetings from Grand Forks. Our week started with cooler weather and some rain. The Fall Fair took place over the past weekend where we attended the community worship service until it got rained out. We welcomed eleven short term volunteers from Pennsylvania, Ontario, and British Columbia. We had a total of twenty one people on site this week working on eight different homes.

At Darcy Yates home we installed the counter top, painted trim on the ceilings and finished mudding and painting the bathroom. A second mudding of the living room chimney wall was completed and the first mudding of the bedroom chimney wall. Casements were built for all the windows and frames mounted. On Friday the sanding of the plywood for the flooring was done.

In Karen Fillo’s home the walls and ceilings were primed and painted. Concrete was poured in the plumbing trenches.The bathroom drywall was hung followed by mudding and taping. Firewood was cut up and stacked.

Debbie Smith’s home had the walls primed and painted. The transition boards were ripped and finished with varathane.

Kent Tough’s home was a scene of activity this week so that all the finishing touches could be completed before the house dedication. Window wells were completed, windows repaired and painted, the kitchen fan, and appliances installed. The back door was sanded and painted, bathroom mirror was hung and the tile grouted. The master bedroom walls and trim were painted. Touch up paint on the front door was done and cleanup of the yard completed.

Dale Watt’s house had the skirting worked on and the hardy board put on the side of the house. At Keith and Wendy Walter’s house a kitchen countertop was installed. At Kent and Joli Lawrence’s home we did drywall repair for the entire week. At Brian Norwood’s house we repaired drywall and started taping and mudding.

The highlight of the week was at Kent Tough’s house dedication. His mother and brother joined us for the celebration as well as a local pastor, building inspector, city counsellor and neighbours. He was presented with the keys to the house, a bible.a blanket and wall hanging and the book The Hammer Rings Home. This was a meaningful experience for everyone involved. God’s presence was felt and the miracle of recovery that had occurred over the last few months was seen and heard.

Another highlight of our week continues to be the interaction with the local residents, churches and organizations. Our interaction at the fall fair with local people was evidence of how much our organization is appreciated in this community. We receive daily many gifts of food from the local fruit trees and gardens. Plenty of zucchini for the cooks to use and many cookies and plum platz. So much appreciated.

We also had visitors from the MDS Canada Executive for three days which was fun and it gave us the chance to hear their own personal journeys with MDS and the work they are currently doing.

We said goodbye to Colson Peters who has spent two weeks with us and the other short term volunteers. We wish them safe travels home. Our cook Glenis and Garry Koop also left after two weeks of excellent meals and treats. We had an outdoor tailgate barbeque on Wednesday night with sausage from Abbotsford BC. What a treat!! Next week promises to be another full week with fifteen new volunteers and a new cook coming on Sunday night.

Submitted by: Roman, Karen, Willard, Robert, Ray, Darlene, Jim, Glenis and Garry