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Weekly Report from Wisconsin DR July 20, 2019

We welcomed Duane and Jennifer Gebhard and Jack and Barb Schmoll to our team. All of us have been spoiled by the hospitality of the church and by the great meals that Roxy fixed for us. This week has been busy and productive. On Monday, Cindy, Bruce, and Janette finished Isaac’s house. They finished the doors, baseboard, and trim in the house. The rest of the team went to Village of Friendship where we worked for the rest of the week. Cindy, Bruce, and Janette joined us on Tuesday. The house ...

Disaster Work Continues in Wisconsin July 14, 2019

We had a great time this week and got a lot accomplished. Bruce and Janette Lenhardt came in on Saturday and Cindy Schenck joined us on Sunday for this week’s DR team. Friday we said good-bye to Gary and Betsy Johnson and Dale and Anne Messmore. Thursday evening of this week Jack and Barb Schmoll joined us at dinner and then came in on Friday. Saturday evening (7/13) Duane and Jennifer Gebhard came in to join our team for next week. Monday morning Bruce, Janette, Gary, Betsy, Cindy, Ann, and ...

Wisconsin Disaster Rebuilding Team Report July 6, 2019

We have been welcomed royally by Winding Rivers UMC.  The congregation is very friendly and we are fed at least 3 times per week.  The food is great!  Roxy does a great job taking care of us.  Pastor Deb is a go-getter and is inspiring this congregation to be active in service  They provide housing and meals for volunteers.  We have encountered rain every day except Friday, but the rain has not hampered our work.  Most days the rain came after the work day was finished.   This week Anne and Dale...

TV story on NOMADS - Baton Rouge

One of the church members at Francis Asbury called the TV station a few days before we left and asked them to do this segment. https://www.wbrz.com/videos/2mad-nomads-making-a-difference  

End of our Time in Baton Rouge 5-10-19

Baton Rouge Update 5/10/2019   The NOMADS Disaster Rebuild project has come to an end in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Thursday was bittersweet with the leaving.  At the end we were still working on two homes that still needed a lot of work to be completed. Max, Anne, Joe, and Charley had been working on the home of the Ford’s.  This home was a complete rebuild on the interior of the home.  NOMADS over several periods during the last year completed installing cabinets, flooring, doors, some sheet ...

Disaster Rebuilding Continues in Baton Rouge May 3, 2019

Baton Rouge Update 5/3/2019   We said goodbye to Marvin and Janice, Robert and Pat, and Dave and Ruth Ann today.  It was hard to see old and new friends leave, but this weekend we will see new ones as Joe and Charley arrive. This past week we all attended church at Francis Asbury UMC, our host church.  Since the team is parking in the church parking lot, the drive was very short.  The pastor was out of town for the weekend attending a family function, prior to his leaving he asked if one of the...

Baton Rouge Weekly Report April 26, 2019

The Baton Rouge DR team said goodbye to Mark and Susanne, and Butch and Cheri last Friday.  As usual, it was hard to see old and new friends leave, but on Saturday and Sunday we saw new ones arrive.  Dave and Ruth Ann, and Bob and Virginia arrived on Saturday, with Marvin and Janice arriving on Sunday afternoon. Our week started on Sunday with a beautiful Easter sunrise service at the home of one of the church members.  Their home overlooks a small lake facing towards the east.  The morning was...

Final Weekly Report-Texas DR Apr 19, 2019

Nomads concluded the spring 2019 session working on Hurricane Harvey rebuilding on the Texas gulf coast.  We were in on the last four weeks, the final three as leaders. We were based in Port Lavaca, Texas and our team worked on a complete rebuild of a single home in the nearby town of Seadrift.  This home had its roof severely damaged which caused water damage that destroyed the interior.  The interior had been gutted and the roof replaced when we started work. In our four weeks on the site we...

Weekly Report from Baton Rouge April 14, 2019

Sharon and I arrived in Baton Rouge on Friday, 4/5/19, to take over the lead on the project from Stel and Jodi.  Stel and Jodi were leaving on Saturday morning, so we spent Friday afternoon and evening going over the project.  Stel did a great job of describing the work that has been completed and the work in progress.  She also gave us a tour of the church facilities, including the workshop/warehouse that belongs to the Louisiana UMC conference.  On Saturday we gave a farewell to Stel and Jodi ...

Baton Rouge Disaster Rebuilding Continues 4-5-19

Week Seven Baton Rouge Disaster Rebuild Report We said farewell to Randy, Mary, Bruce and Cindy on Friday and had a quiet weekend since Mark and Jo, Joe and Jayne, and Bruce and Susan did not arrive until Sunday afternoon.  With their arrival, our team has grown to 11 people and six rigs.  We had a meeting and snacks on Sunday evening and planned our day for Monday. Jayne brought her karaoke machine and we had the pleasure of accompaniment for our devotions.  After our praise service, Butch ...

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