Thursday, September 17, 2009

Camp Love Mission Blog: It is Well With Our Souls (and Jerry’s house)

Thursday is always a day of scrambling. Whatever needs to get worked out … does.

This enormously productive week has yielded 354 work hours from our on-site team, not counting Teresa and Teri’s labors in the kitchen. We logged 100 hours today alone. Attached is a photo of our Work Sheet, which details everything we finished. It includes:

Priming and Painting all of the ceilings
Painting walls
Laying laminate floors in all rooms
Laying sub-floor and vinyl tile in bathroom
Installing baseboards and trim in both bedrooms and bathroom
Installing 5 interior doors
Repairing Jerry’s truck (thanks to Ross!)

We even did some cleaning and supply-purchasing for Jerry’s daughters, and we found Jerry some new shoes. Julie and I (Mandy) learned that one can actually clean a sink with toilet paper and nail polish remover. You work with what you have, you know?

So, friends, it’s safe to assume that we will return tired, happy, and with a boatload of new skills. If you need help, call us. We offer great rates, and we’re very resourceful.

We did the token mission-trip things like sign our names to a shim that is safely tucked away in a doorframe. We took photos with the rooms in which we labored and then gathered on the porch with Jerry and his family to say goodbye.

It wouldn’t be Jerry if he didn’t talk us home, but he gathered us all and prayed with us. He blessed us and promised the Lord would watch over us and keep us safe. He prayed that blessings would be returned to us sevenfold, and we were humbled. He has no idea how much of a blessing we’ve received from him and this week.

We come home tomorrow, and it will be good to be back. We have missed you, family, friends and churches. It is hard to be gone in the middle of such a busy time, and we thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

We will come back with stories and inside jokes, sore backs and a big need for naps. But, we will bear witness to the glory of God and the ways we have been blessed.

Thank you for being with us in prayer and love his week. We are humbled by your loving care.

Amen and Amen.

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