Using a new mail sender, I didn’t add the email to come to this blog. But here’s the emails I sent out, – top to bottom from the Commissioning to towards the end of the week.
NOLA9- Leaving tomorrow!
Getting from MN to LA-
Just the important parts….
Now, Rod Sc. was driving a gas guzzling Chevy van (in 17 trips, this is the first time they gave us a Chevy instead of a Ford- where’s the windshield wiper??? and other “hey this is different” moments)) and got gas. Now, I guess you have to know that for this trip, we tried a little something different and used pre-paid gift cards from TCF Bank. 4 of them with $500 each for gas, food, and emergencies. Rod Sc. and Rod St. both pumped gas and swiped those cards at the pump and little did we know, that that gas station would tie up the complete $500 in pre-authorization for 72 hours. We found that out when we went to swipe the cards again a couple hours later and they were declined. A phone call later and we realized what the problem was, but not before the other two cards got swiped at the next pumps, (which rendered them inoperable for 72 hours.) We had a couple debit/credit cards to get us the rest of the way, and we learned to go in and prepay or ask to pay afterwards with one swipe. (and for anyone worried that we might be short on funds, if God is calling you donate, – fine. Be obedient, but that’s not a problem for us right now.) So we have been using our debit/credit cards and trying to stay low-key enough to not trip fraud control since we didn’t call ahead to tell them we would be traveling.
We got to Cape Girardeau around. La Croix United Methodist Church has a fantastic hospitality ministry. It’s not anyone that will let a group of strangers come and stay in your church.
Got up early- The church we stayed at fed us breakfast. Very cool. On the road by. Some rain.
Just before Memphis, we saw two ladies standing with their flat-tire car on the side of the freeway. We went up the the next exit and followed the frontage road back to them to see if we could help. I wonder what the ladies thought when four vehicles pulled up to help them. (They had help on the way.)
Arrived in Slidell after a good travel day. I’m sure I say this every time, but this is a GOOD team. I’m happy to be here with them.
We are praying for Luke and Amanda Stombaugh and their family. Luke and the two kids were in a pretty bad accident. You can see the news article here: Stombaugh They have a Caring Bridge site and a Go Fund Me site.
We are also praying for Kim and Martin Eddy and their family. Another car crash. Older kids. Lots of bills.
For us, we would ask for prayers for our home owners. And opportunities to share the love and support God gives to us.
The First Two Work Days
The Middle of the week
It’s getting tired time…
It’s funny because at the beginning of the week, everyone is gung ho and gets up early and arrives at breakfast early and is chomping at the bit. On Thursday morning, we have to wake people and do a little coercing to get people out of bed in time for breakfast. Happens every time.
Today I want to tell you about Josh.
The other night, Dhoods came to me and said there was someone outside he wanted me to talk to. I went out and met a young man who said he was 23 and was in an unhealthy situation at home and needed a place to stay. We talked to him for a while and decided to put him up in a hotel overnight. I was doing this on my credit card and a little nervous about what he was going to do. We took him to one hotel who was “full” and wouldn’t take him. We found one that would and got him set up for the night. Linda, Dhoods, and Krissy was with me while we took him. We talked to him some and he told us that he had struggled with marijuana in the past and it had caused problem, but he was off that now. I asked him how he got off it and he said, “Jesus.” Now, anyone with a brain knows that is the desired response and I was skeptical. – So when we dropped him off and got him set up, we gave him the number to the Epworth Center (where we stay) and told him to call back in the morning and talk to someone there and they would start him on the path of getting him some help.
I didn’t think he would do it. I thought I had seen the last of him. But the next day, he came back to Epworth and they started the process of getting him into a homeless shelter and some job skills programming. It has been frustrating because that center hasn’t been super-keen on taking him in. He has spent three nights in a hotel now. (nice, right?) and still trying to get him the help he needs.
In the meantime, we met his mother who says he isn’t homeless, that he can come home anytime he wants. And she actually filed a missing person’s report on him.
We will keep you updated as we can. Pray for him and his mom and let’s see what God will do.
In other news, we are winding down the work projects. Today (Thursday) is the last full day of work. Bob is almost done. Probably will finish by noon, he thinks, and then will join another team. Louie has enough work to keep his team busy the rest of the week, and I think Howard’s team will be lucky to finish, but it’s not out of the question.
We have had some great conversations and good connecting on this trip. Devotions have been great and everyone is getting along very well.
There is still a little bit of sickness, but I think today is better for everyone that was feeling it yesterday.