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Hattiesburg Disaster Rebuilding - December 15, 2017

12/14/2017
The last week of the season in Hattiesburg It is hard to believe that we have finished the fall DR project in Hattiesburg.  We have met a lot of people and made friends in the area.  People at church have asked us to come back to visit them.   John has been so helpful and is at the house every day.  He surprised us by bringing pizza and pop for lunch today.  He is grateful for the help we have been able to give him.  His Baptist church is sponsoring this house and John and some of his friends ...

Disaster Rebuilding Continues in Hattiesburg - Dec. 8th report

12/7/2017
Hattiesburg  Dec. 4-7 We hope you are able to keep warm with the cool temperatures.  The temps in southern MS have really changed!  Earlier this week it got up to 81, and yesterday and today it was in the low to mid 40’s with a good amount of rain.  There is a winter storm warning for Friday with an expected 1-3 inches of snow.  Our challenge has been working in a house with no heat and no indoor plumbing.  We welcomed the owners of two RVs last weekend.  Kathy Phillips from Florida is looking...

Hattiesburg DR Weekly Report Dec 1, 2017

12/1/2017
Monday morning we all went over to Miss Dorothy’s house.  The last NOMADS teams had it almost completed.   This week Les finished the trim, Gene and Carolyn fixed the bathtub, Karen, Sheila, and Carolyn painted doors and touched up paint, as well us caulked where needed.  Carolyn sealed the grout in the laundry room and kitchen.   A group of volunteers put up all of the drywall in the house before the NOMADS arrived.  Unfortunately, they did not put in an opening for one of the heating/cooling ...

Give Thanks

11/23/2017
Give Thanks 1 Chronicles 16:34, Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! (NKJV)   The present tense of “give thanks to the Lord” signifies present times and indicates the need to thank God at all times. This psalm of the writer was a thanks to God for the return of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. In the midst of the fullness of praise and joy, we are led to prayer in a humble petition for salvation, togetherness and protection from enemies. God's treatment of His chosen people had been...

Senior Times Feature on Gary and Joan Melvin

11/20/2017
Check out the recent article on our own Gary and Joan Melvin of Kalamazoo, Michigan, in their local Senior Times magazine. /files/pagefiles/www/nomads+volunteers+melvins+nov+2017.jpg

Volunteer Time Valued at $24.14 Per Hour

11/15/2017
Click on the link to the article below, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reported by the Independent Sector on the value of Volunteer Time: https://www.independentsector.org/news-post/value-volunteer-time/

Disaster Rebuilding in Mississippi 11-12-17

11/12/2017
Our team had a great week in Hattiesburg. Nancy and I arrived on Friday November 3 and got parked in the early afternoon. We then went on a tour of the projects the team was working on. Our final RV unit was in place on Saturday with the arrival of Bob and Linda. After attending church on Sunday here at Oak Grove UMC we enjoyed a Turkey Dinner put on by the church. Sunday evening we held our team meeting and got to get all of the old friends together that are on this team.  Monday morning we ...

Giving Tuesday is November 28, 2017

11/8/2017
UMC #GivingTuesday: Connect Your Passion with God’s Mission One of the great things about The Advance is that it allows you to invest your resources where your passion answers specific needs in the world.  UMC #GivingTuesday is less than three weeks away. I hope you’ll join with thousands of United Methodists in giving generously to the work of Global Ministries missionaries and projects through The Advance. Now is a great time to start thinking about where you want your UMC #GivingTuesday ...

Weekly Report Team Hattiesburg 11-5-17

11/4/2017
Saturday, October 28, we welcomed Kitty and John Hahn to Hattiesburg and Sunday, Avis and Gary Norton arrived.  Jo and Art Savoy left on Friday, 10/27.  Because Carol Kuiper’s father fell and was not doing well, she and Marty had to leave on Tuesday 10/31. Saturday, Mary Ann, Carol, and Carolyn went shopping for candy and decorations for Trunk or Treat.  Oak Grove UMC, where we are parked, has Trunk or Treat for the community.  It is like a carnival!  They had a blow up slide and also a blow up...

Rebuilding Continues in Oklahoma 11-3-17

11/3/2017
The Oklahoma Disaster Rebuild project just completed the 4th and 5th weeks of this project, completing one home and starting work on two others. Week 4 was augmented by an extra pair of hands as John and Sue Hunter asked to stay another week, and there was room and plenty of work. All three homes being worked on were damaged in the 2015 flood, with the first home being empty since the event. That home is now ready for the family to move back in. On our last day there, we were able to meet with ...

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