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Disaster Rebuilding in Florida - Nov 1, 2019

It is hard to believe that we have finished the fourth week of work here in the Keys.  The plumber has dug the trench for the water line and the pipe has been installed.  The electrician has also put in the wiring for the sites. We still need the sewer line to be dug.  Phillip Decker, who is heading up the relief project here, also helped dig some of the trenches with the machines that the plumbers brought.  On Friday, 11/1, the inspector may be out.  We should be into our new sites some time ...

North Carolina Rebuilding Oct 26, 2019

Lumberton North Carolina Disaster Rebuild October 20 - 25, 2019 Nancy and I arrived in Lumberton on Thursday October 17th, and after getting our RV parked we went to visit the team that was working on Ms. Charlene’s house, as our team was going to take over the work from Vince and Diane who had plans for an early departure. They had repaired the kitchen floor and painted much of the kitchen and living room area during their time here. On Friday we visited another work site for our team to ...

Texas Disaster Rebuilding Oct 25, 2019

Disaster Rebuilding Report Port Lavaca, TX Week of 10/21/2019 There were three people on our team this week.  We continued work on the house on Main Street.  More sheetrock was installed, mud and tape was applied, and one bedroom ceiling was textured.  The kitchen was strengthened by connecting to main house, and the ceiling was prepared for sheetrock.  An old window was removed.  The back kitchen door was installed.  A trip under the house was taken in order to run some more electrical wire.  ...

Florida Rebuilding Oct 25, 2019

10/21-10/24 in the Florida Keys Gene read in a local paper that over 300 homes in Big Pine Key were either destroyed or damaged over 50% and 125 of those are now vacant lots.  Because of this, the traffic flow on US 1 is better than in the past.  This past Saturday evening we played a game of Apples to Apples in Freeman’s RV.  We all had a good time and Larry was the winner.  Sunday we went to church and some stayed for the lunch afterwards. Monday we had planned to go to Kenny’s to work on ...

Weekly Team Report Florida DR Oct 18, 2019

October 14-17 at Big Pine Key This week has been quite warm—high 80’s with heat index over 100.  Most of the work has been in air conditioning.  For the outside work we had to take frequent breaks and hydrate at those breaks.   Sunday we all went to church.  After church we enjoyed having lunch at the church.  The church members have been very welcoming and are glad that we are here.  We will need to stay a third week at the RV park.  Hopefully, we will be staying at the church at the end of ...

Florida Keys Disaster Rebuilding Team Report Oct 11, 2019

Hi from Southern Florida! We have experienced different conditions than we expected.  The team is parked in a campground between Big Pine Key and Key West.  The area has experienced high tides (King Tide) and almost daily rain and sometimes windy conditions and of course, pesky biting insects. To get to the campground from US 1, we drive through salt water and need to hose down the bottom of our cars daily.  Our team all arrived safely and consists of Sara Donaldson, Kevin and Laura Denison, ...

Disaster Rebuilding in Florida, North Carolina and Texas

We have Disaster Rebuilding teams beginning in several locations again this fall, starting on October 7th, 2019. Please pray for safe travels for all our NOMADS mission servants, as they work to rebuild lives and homes in areas devastated by natural disasters.

Wisconsin Disaster Rebuilding Continues - Aug 26, 2019

Wisconsin Report 8/17-23 This week we said goodbye to Tom and Jenny as they headed to Michigan to lead another project. Thanks for all your hard work! We welcomed Nancy and Gary to Wisconsin this week. Our temperatures have cooled down with a low one morning of 46 and most of the daily highs were in the 70’s. Really nice place to be in August. This week we continued to work on Nate’s house. By the end of the week, all the walls were up, windows were installed, and sub-floor was down. That means ...

Weekly Team Report from Wisconsin DR Aug 20, 2019

Max and Anne took over leadership in Wisconsin on 8/16 and said goodbye to leaders Jack and Barb and team members Calvin and Marsha.  They did great work here and the homeowners and church members were sad to see them leave.  We welcomed Jodi and Stel and Tom and Jenny as new Wisconsin team members.  On Sunday we had a wonderful worship service at Winding Rivers UMC. There was a baptism and communion – two of our most sacred rituals. As is their custom for all volunteers, the church fed us a ...

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 ...

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