West Virginia – Weekly Report – April 12-16, 2021

April 23, 2021

Dave and Patti Hughes from Ohio were the Project Director and Office Manager for this week. Wendell Lantz came from Indiana to serve as equipment operator and Lois Wenger from New York continued to cook for the volunteers. Our weekly crew of six women were also from New York.

Our crew continued the work on the bridge for the Canterbury family on Poca Fork Road. As before, their steep driveway presented a challenge to getting materials in place. Lumber was delivered and work began on the bridge deck. This involves nailing 2×6 lumber together, placed on edge and secured to the beams with special clips. There were also some forms to assemble and concrete to mix and pour, seventy-five 60 pound bags. That’s a lot of lifting! Wendell and the ladies worked diligently, even in the rain on one day.  The 60-foot span is now over halfway covered with the decking. This work will resume next week.

We had scripture reading and singing for morning devotions. I was really touched by the words in the chorus of God Leads Us Along: “Some through the waters, some through the flood, Some through the fire, but all through the blood; Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, in the night season and all the day long.”

Evening activities included accordion music, a jigsaw puzzle, a game called Quirkle, and some Bible crossword puzzles that Lois had developed.  Lois likes to collect quotes and sayings. Here is one for MDS volunteers: “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” -Marian Wright Edelman

Patti Hughes for the West Virginia Bridges team