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Lafayette, La – Weekly Report – January 19, 2018

March 4, 2018

This week in Lafayette we continued with the same seven long-term volunteers from Ohio, Illinois, Alberta and Germany. We welcomed 15 young men from the Ephrata and Lititz Pennsylvania area. They were very hard-working and accomplished a lot on the homes.

At our first home we hung doors and installed trim. The wife shared about their flood experience: wading  past snakes to get to the truck, then driving through water that covered the headlamps. They are so thankful that we are doing repairs that they are simply not able to do themselves.

Crews progressed from drywall finishing to painting and adding countertop laminate at a second home.

For another homeowner we continued repairing and painting walls.

We  completed work at one home this week and the homeowner is thrilled and grateful to have her cabinets and countertops in place.

Drywall finishing is concluding and we will be painting next week at another home.

Project Director Dave Hughes expects that we will finish at least one more of these jobs next week and begin work on three new client homes. Dave and Patti Hughes met with a representative from the Long Term Recovery Group to discuss even more homes in need of repair.

It was an interesting week:

On Monday some of our volunteers attended the Spiritual Renewal service at Our Savior’s Church at the campus where we are staying. It was a different kind of worship for some of us, and the speaker was very dynamic with his message about getting out of bad situations where we may have become too comfortable.

Tuesday brought an ice storm which caused us to end the work day early as roads became icy.

By Wednesday it was deemed unsafe to go out so we had to stay close to camp. roads, schools, and businesses were closed.   With the extra time that day, we took turns telling about our MDS backgrounds and other life experiences, such as working at summer youth camp, and serving in Thailand.

On Thursday evening the weekly volunteers went out for dinner and enjoyed alligator, frog legs, catfish, and crawfish! Since our cook, had to head home due to a family situation, David Hagelgans, one of our German volunteers, cooked schnitzel for the rest of the team. A special thanks to our cooks for all the wonderful food the rest of the days!

There were many challenges this week, including accommodating a wedding in the dining hall, but everyone pitched in and worked together as a team, making it a productive time.