The Soap Lady and Other Adventures
This weekend we have about 50 volunteers who will be coming in to help. That is awesome! In an exciting, and unexpected, development we have been given a warehouse in which to store all of our materials. So we will use the non-skilled labor to sweep and clean out the warehouse, and move appliances, building materials, and other supplies into the warehouse. We will soon be taking down the tent that was so generously loaned to us by Brentwood Hills church. Our church building will begin to look more like a church, but the mission will continue on … stronger than ever. We will still be getting supplies to the community, rebuilding homes, and helping people as we can from our building. We will still need many volunteer helpers to come and help us bless this broken community. Things will just have evolved a bit. Thanks to Sara Jo, Donna, and Cecelia for the coffee and chocolate…I think I’m good to go for a while!
On a personal note, Jay Thomas and Mark from Virginia are working in my house putting the recepticles in with plates. Jay is a native Mississippian (Columbus) and knows where Ruleville is, and that's saying something. This is his second trip to the Coast. They also replaced all of our light switches so that they would all be the same color, replaced a range plug, and patched a hole where a light kit will be installed in the back bathroom. They are placing other light kits also. Still left to do at my house is some painting, floor placement, replacing heating/ac units, power washing exterior, replacing all vents (after the ducts have been cleaned next week), replacing some doors, and some windows need a bit of work. There are still a few electrical things that Mark and Jay couldn't get to. We feel very close to being able to be back into the house.
I haven’t published a ‘needs’ list lately, so I should update! CURRENT NEEDS:
*Padded Chairs ... we are going to have an overflow crowd Sunday and not enough chairs for them to sit in!
*Money is always a vital need. Our ability to purchase needed supplies as available is always a blessing. Also, we will need to purchase sheetrock, nails, mud, and tape supplies for repairing homes. These needs are ongoing, and will be for at least two years, as we see it now. *Manpower is always a vital need. Volunteers are keeping this operation running. Keep up with times when we need extra help by looking at the Hurricane Relief Work Crew Calendar, linked in the left hand column of this blog. Volunteer workers, both skilled and unskilled. Carpenters, plumbers, roofers, electricians, sheet-rock hangers, and painters can all be kept very busy! We can use ladies and those who are older to sort clothes, load the bus for bus runs, and go with us on the bus runs. *Ministers who can give up several days to come and pray with the community members, conduct Bible studies as available, and fill in on work as needed. *Youth ministers who can bring their teen groups (mature teens willing to serve, please) for one or two days on the weekends. *Small electric heaters *Towels, Sheets, Pillows, Blankets *Deodorant (mens and womens) *Laundry Detergent in boxes or bottles we can give away easily. (Note: The big 5 gallon buckets of detergent are nice, but we would rather have smaller quantities to spread it further!) *Plastic tableware (forks, knives, spoons) and napkins. The FEMA trailers come with no items such as these. *Snacks, drinks, and other foods that can be kept in our Dining Hall for workers as they labor here on a volunteer basis. *Cleaning supplies (pine sol, dishwashing detergent, disinfectant wipes, mops, brooms, buckets, etc.) – small sizes of cleaning liquids are better / easier to handle and distribute. We haven’t had mops in a while. *We currently do not need diapers or pull ups, clothes, personal hygiene supplies, or food. *Don’t know what to send? Send Wal-Mart or Lowes gift cards. They can be used to purchase a wide variety of items as needed - and can be passed on to needy people on occasion. All of my contact information is to be found at http://www.123jesus.com My picture page is located at: http://community.webshots.com/user/jedobber