This is a picture of the entire group. Ten of us were from Smithville United Methodist Church and ten were from Wayne Street United Methodist in St. Marys, Ohio. It was great to get to know them and work with them! I am on the far left in the red shirt. My daughter Alyssa is sitting right in front of me and my other daughter Courtney is standing right beside me.
Here is a portion of our group with the owner (Barb) of the first house we gutted, and her son (James). Barb has much joy in her life considering what she has been through in the past ten months; and James is quite an artist and basketball player.
Here we are with Jeanne (pronounced like the French "Jean") and David. Their house was the second one we gutted. She is holding a ukelele she played for us as we prepared to leave. It was her way of saying "Thank you."
Courtney (daughter), Leslie (a.k.a. "Lester"), Scott (a.k.a. "Franklin"), and Alyssa (daughter).
Steve and his daughter Stephanie
Sandy and Steve, two incredibly hard workers!
This is our team leader, Linda. She went to Mississippi in January on a work team, so being a veteran, we put her in charge. Every tool in Linda's box had one of four names: doodad, gizmo, thing-a-ma-bob, or what-cha-ma-call-it. She sure knew how to use all of them!
We stopped at this couple's house on Thursday after lunch to do some minor work as the major gutting had been done by a previous group. It turned out that we did not need to do anything, but while there we discovered some problems with the foundation. Sandy, our construction expert, was able to give them advice on how to proceed next, so it was a good thing we stopped. The porch they are standing on is about three feet off the ground, so the flood line on the house behind them is at about seven to eight feet.
Here is Leslie (a.k.a "Lester") wearing the tool belt her dad bought her. She sure enjoyed wielding that hammer!
My next post on our trip will directly concern our work.
What a joy it was to serve with such faithful people who took a week of their time to work hard in order to serve God and their neighbors!