Mission trip to Jamaica, Queens – New York
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Our group of 26 volunteers including 5 teens arrived safely at the First Presbyterian Church, Jamaica Queens, NY. Stay tuned below for our latest updates!
Monday, April 6, 2015
The day started with the whole group getting an introduction at the Friend’s of Rockaway warehouse. We then split up into 4 groups and headed to the individual houses in the Rockaways.
Mr. Rafferty’s House
Mr. Raffferty has been living in the same house for 75 years, first with his parents, then with his wife and children. We didn’t meet him, since he still works at the post office. We were met by the Americorp leaders, Jeff, Alex, and Sirhan. They greeted us, gave a quick introduction and then put us to work. We spent the morning sanding and mudding. Lunch was a picnic on the porch. We had a treat after lunch when we were given a short tour of the memorials, starting with the memorial to 9/11 including the names of the local Rockaway citizens who were lost. We then walked to the Flight 587, a Delta flight that crashed shortly after 9/11 on Rockaway after leaving JFK heading to the Dominican Republic with 284 killed. Then back to the house for the afternoon work. Some of us continued with the sanding and mudding while others started putting bead board around the windows. We finished with the removal and demolition of a window to provide room for a new one.
We are off to watch the NCAA championship game. Go ……..!!!!!!
-Abby Lindstrom and Dale Kitchin
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The Oyebola House
A three-story townhome stands just a few blocks from the beach. Mr. Oyebola, a native of Nigeria, lives on the 3rd floor and rents out the 2nd floor. The PDA mission workers have been assigned to help prepare the 1st floor for renting as well. As homeowners continue to recover from the trauma, the job loss, the property damage, and financial impact of Hurricane Sandy, any supplemental income, especially of a residual nature coming from one’s own assets, becomes critical to getting one’s life back together.
A team made up of Jerry Brown, Carol Howdyshell, Sabine Afodanyi, Norm Gordon, Mary Spencer, and Alicia Gordon, and now new GPC member Dave Flyte, are working hard on preparing the walls for painting, sanding, spackling, sanding, spackling, and sanding again to get that perfectly smooth surface ready for the brush.
Our Americorps site coordinators, Sam and Miju, have provided warm, people-friendly coordination for us. In addition, they have graciously provided training in whatever particular skill is needed to do the job.
One highlight occurred on Tuesday. A group of special needs young adults joined us on one of their outings. They sanded and spackled right alongside us with great glee. We helped each other and had a great time.
We have five teenagers with us. They took off work early today in order to make a side trip today into Manhattan. A worthy cause.
All are safe, all are working hard, and all are representing our Lord well as we serve in His name.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
PS After devotions we were treated to a classical music concert featuring GPC’s own renowned pianist Alicia Gordon.
Friday, April 10, 2015