Working at the camp... Students from Furman University, Davidson College and Southern Mississippi descended on the Bay-Waveland area today to help with the relief efforts.
Monday, February 27, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
Jocie Slepyan moving in to help coordinate teams. YES that is her trailer. Jocie works with MNA and schedules short-term mission trips. She will be doing the team coordination and assignments for the groups headed to the Bay-Waveland area. She can be contacted by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, February 23, 2006
The group FINISHED! Our group from Tunica finished the bunkhouse/house to a totally 'dried-in' stage this afternoon. We're planning a celebratory dinner at Benigno's restuarant tonight!
Last bit of the roof going up, just waiting on the ridge cap.
Safety First? Let's just say this- don't try this at home-
View of the roofing work crew...
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
End of the day Tuesday WONDERFUL PROGRESS! If you notice that this looks like 1/2 of a house you are right. Conrad has designed the structure to be in 2 12x40 sections which are bolted together so that when we are done with these as 'bunhouses' they can be separated and taken to homesites and given to families as permanant homes. Very exciting. Tomorrow should see great progress as well.
Bunkhouse progress... the wall is up!
Monday, February 20, 2006
A friend from Deleware is on the coast building bunkhouse roofing trusses- thanks Bill!
Some of you will remember praying for the sister of a friend of mine- Leonard Kergosin. His sister was due to have a C-section the morning Katrina hit. She did not evacuate before the storm, but was able to get out of the bay the next day, get to Texas and today I met her husband who ran to his truck to show me their little girl. Amazing. This photo is of the photo in his office. What a blessing! Her grandfather was in the room and quickly told me that her name was NOT Katrina or Katie.
Bunkhouse construction started today- very exciting- progress updates to follow! The First Presbyterian church of Tunica, MS (EPC friends) is down doing the construction!)
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Another day at the office...We have the opportunity to purchase a 'skid-steer' for use in removing debris and materials from destroyed homes- the heavy equipment company that was working with us is offering the purchase of a skid steer to us with a grapple bucket (above), forks and a regular bucket with a tandem axle trailer for $20K- unreal. So, were looking for a benefactor- the skid steer can be yours when this is all said and done- we just need it until the coast is cleaned up...
Monday, February 13, 2006
US Congressman Gene Taylor answering questions in Bay St. Louis at a town hall meeting tonight! See more at http://www.house.gov/genetaylor/
Friday, February 10, 2006
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Kevin Teasley, RUF campus minister at Wake Forrest spent the night in the Larroux Chateau last night. Kevin is bringing a group of 49 students to the Bay for Spring break and is in town doing some preliminary work to get oriented to the ministry and the coast. Funny story: As Kevin looked out the trailer window this morning we both saw that the neighbor's home had a 'For Sale' sign in the yard- to which I commented, "I wonder why they are selling?" Kevin didn't miss a beat as he looked out at trees, blue tarps, debris etc. (all of which I have grown accustomed to) and said, "I could tell you." We had a good laugh. It should be a great mission experience for the Wake group in March. Today Kevin flys back to North Carolina and Katie Pennock comes in to see the coast for the first time. We are scheduled to meet with the leadership from Morrell to finish details of long-term shed building and trailer placement at their property.
Monday, February 06, 2006
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Friday, February 03, 2006
The single by-pass surgery was a success!
Dad made this Band-Aid and put it on his chest for the doctors. The attending nurse made him remove it prior to surgery.
I'm in Clearwater Beach Florida with my dad who is having emergency open heart surgery. He was having severe chest pains and was admitted to Morton Plant Hospital for a single by-pass on Friday afternoon. You'll notice the band-aid he put on his chest in the post above. Sense of humor is OK.