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West Virginia Bridges- Weekly Update – November 3, 2017

November 21, 2017

For the first time in 36 bridges, we assembled a walking bridge. Thanks to EMU who provided metal web trusses we spanned 62 feet across a stream. There were many new challenges which made this project very interesting. Many years ago this same location had a swinging bridge. The Workmans’ no longer have to wait for troubled waters to recede to cross over to the road.

As per usual, we ended the week with a dedication of the bridge. Surrounded by mountains and under the clear skies, we sang “How Great Thou Art”, presented a quilt, took pictures, all the workers signed the bridge, we prayed a prayer of dedication, and then we were wonderfully fed by the extended family.

Darlene Workman was discouraged thinking that they would never get a bridge. Jimmy Workman suggested that she start praying. Her prayers were answered, when we arrived a few months later to build it.

Many stories were told of life in the “Big Ugly”. We have no idea why the area is called that, as it is actually very beautiful. Harsh winters, young romance, seven children, old logging days, etc.

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