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Weekly Team Report - Texas Disaster Rebuilding Nov. 2

It is hard to believe that November has arrived.  After church last Sunday, we went to a park in downtown Corpus Christi where the homeless congregate to get a meal.  Odem First UMC brings books for the homeless to read and also some health and hygiene items.  Since the food was late, the people came over to get books.  We were impressed how many had a hunger for reading, how many books they took, and they talked about mysteries they enjoy reading.  The church also had children’s books.  It ...

Texas DR Team Report Oct 26, 2018

Last Saturday, 10/19, we welcomed Jerry Brandow to the team.  No one left until we said goodbye to Bob and Linda Webster on Friday, the 26th. We welcomed Randy and Mary Fathbruckner the same day and also got to see the sun for the first time in two weeks!  Today was beautiful and Sara Donaldson, Kitty and John Hahn, and Gene and Carolyn Freeman spent the morning and early afternoon at Padre Island National Seashore, with a lunch stop at Subway.  The weather was beautiful and the surf has calmed ...

Weekly Team Report - Texas DR Oct 20, 2018

Week of Oct 15 - 18, 2018 Welcome to the land of clouds!  We have seen little, if any, of Mr. Sun this week.  Fortunately, we did not get the amount of rain that Houston got.  Monday morning we left the RV’s and it was 83 degrees and super humid.  Within an hour, the temperature dropped around 20 degrees!  We decided that we needed to go out for lunch on Tuesday because a hot meal would be more appreciated!  There is a cafe in Aransas Pass, 5 minutes from the house we are working on.  The food ...

Rebuilding in Lumberton - Week 2 Oct 19, 2018

We continued our second week in Lumberton working on the home of Sheryl L.  Sheryl’s home had been damaged by the 2016 flooding.  The team continued to work on the outside of the house by installing new lap siding.  With the arrival of Larry and Ginger the team made short work of getting the new siding installed.  After using gap filling foam and lots of caulk, the team of Larry, Ginger, Ogie, Janette, and Sharon, the whole outside of the house was painted, siding and trim.  Bill, Bruce, and ...

Returning to Lumberton for Rebuilding-Week One

The Disaster Rebuild project in Lumberton, North Carolina started this past Monday, October 8th.  The team began with Bill and Ogie, Bill and Janette, and Gary and Sharon. We started off the week with church services at the Chestnut Street United Methodist Church.  This is the same church that we attended most of the time during our last DR project here in the summer of 2017. As many of you know, Hurricane Matthew hit the North Carolina coast this past summer.  The area around Lumberton was hit...

Texas Disaster Rebuilding Week 1 Fall 2018

Odem Texas DR:  October 8-11 Our team arrived on Saturday and Sunday.  Sara Donaldson, from Ohio,  has worked a large variety of DR (Disaster Rebuild) projects in a number of states.  Duane and Wilma Fullerton, from Oklahoma,  have worked for the Odem church on regular three week projects and have been a help finding different places.  Dale and Anne Messmore, from Illinois, had an axle break on their way here, but were able to get to a campground.  On Monday, Dale called various repair shops ...

Team Hattiesburg Weekly Report May 25, 2018

After 8 weeks in Hattiesburg we are now going home for the summer. The time here has been a wonderful experience. Not only have we been the hands and feet for the Lord but we have been with old friends and have met new ones. The teams have worked on at least 6 homes since we have been here. R3SM is a fantastic agency to work under. A.big thank you to Oak Grove United Methodist Church for letting us stay in their parking lot and making us feel like part of their family. It was a blessing to meet ...

Weekly Report from Baton Rouge May 11, 2018

Baton Rouge DR Weekly Report May 7-10, 2018 Week 9 of Baton Rouge DR started with the return of Max and Anne; and Mark and Lisa.  The team will be pushing hard to get Richard and Sandy’s home completed in our last two weeks here. Monday bedroom 1 was ready for paint and part of the team started painting ceilings in the bedroom, bath, and walk-in closet.  As will happen, the extra moisture from the paint caused one seam of ceiling tape to pull and some minor repair was needed.  The remainder of...

Baton Rouge Rebuilding May 6, 2018

Baton Rouge DR Weekly Report 4/30 - 5/3/2018   Friday morning 04/27 started with staying goodbye to Hilary and Mike, as well as Paula and Ken.  These were new NOMADS with Baton Rouge being their first project.  We hope to see them on future projects.  Gene and Carolyn also departed this morning.  Thanks to both of you for your great leadership the past several weeks. With smaller teams scheduled the last three weeks of the Spring DR project here, Stel, Carol and Dave decided to return to Ren ...

Disaster Rebuilding Continues in Hattiesburg - May 6, 2018

Hattiesburg Mississippi Disaster Rebuild week of April 30 to May 3.    On Monday morning the team, Gene, Mary Ann, Butch, Cheri, Stephen, Nula, Gary, and Sharon, started a new work project at Mary’s house on Newman.  The project started with removing the old kitchen flooring down to the sub-floor and removing the base cabinets and sink.  Much of the sub-floor had been damaged by water and had to be removed.  The siding repair work that Nula, Butch, and Stephen had completed the week before ...

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