“Time is not your friend.” by Fletcher Tukes – This statement guides our service this week.
The need is great!
We are helping as many families as possible so that they can live in safe homes. Five to six families are receiving our knowledge, conversation, and service this week. These homes have a lot of water damage and deterioration.
It is hard to fix the worst damage while leaving a lot of work undone. These families need help. They do not have the knowledge, skills, or resources to be able to maintain their homes in the ways they want. Their homes are neat and show their love of family through photographs and their pride. It is an honor to support them in having a safe place to live.
We do not have the time to be able to do the work perfectly. We are fixing holes by packing them with paper towels, covering with duct tape, then spackling. We are using a mold killing paint and/or spraying walls with bleach solutions.
Time is ‘on-our time’! During these trips we get to enjoy deeper discussions and relationships with friends we have met over the years or friends who are new to us. There is prayer, community, and conversations throughout the day.
Our chefs from Michigan prepare hearty and tasty meals. Their dedication is a blessing.
We have a father-son team who gets to spend some time together – something they have not had time to do lately. We also have several couples who are enjoying working separately. 😀
I found this trip as a gift by spending time with my sister, Faith C., and Aunt Carol H. We are enjoying stories as we travel to each site. I am getting a chance to slow down, check out New Bern, and talk with the homeowners instead of focusing only on the work.
Did you know that New Bern is named after the first animal seen by the Swedish explorers – a bear. Around town they have bears painted differently. It is fun to drive around and see which bears you can find.
If you are enjoying reading these posts, consider coming on a trip – learning new skills, meeting new people, and growing in community.
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