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 just perfect for a great sunrise. The NOMADS DR Choir sang “This is the Day”, and Suzanne led us in prayer as part of our participation in the service. It was a great way to start our Easter Sunday. After the sunrise service we all headed to Piccadilly for breakfast. Piccadilly had a breakfast buffet with a made to order omelet chef. After getting up early for the sunrise service, and big breakfast, we all still made it to the regular Easter church service at 10:30. Yes, many naps were taken that afternoon. We finished our Sunday with our meet and greet meeting that evening. We welcomed our new arrivals with a delicious ice cream cake that Jayne and Joe brought for us to enjoy.
On Monday most of the team returned to home of John and Sherry to continue with the work there. The team started, and completed the installation of the kitchen cabinets, finished painting the walls, and started laying the flooring. The rest of the team went to the home of Barbara to do some painting, sheet rock repair, and to start installing cabinets in the kitchen. Both homes are coming along great. Both home owners have been living in FEMA provided mobile housing units since after the floods almost three years ago. FEMA let’s the home owners use the units for only a limited time, both are running out the first of May. We are working hard to make the homes livable to allow the owners to move in.
We finished our week with at trip back to Pam’s house in Denham Springs to present her with a Bible. She was waiting on her porch swing for us to arrive. After several minutes of letting everybody meet Pam, we presented her with a Bible that had been signed by all the NOMADS that have worked on her house, and by all the others that have been part of the team.
There are two more weeks of our work time here in Baton Rouge with lots of work left to do. If you are looking for a place to contribute for a week or two, please let Carla, or me know. There is room for a couple of more RVs’.
Gary and Sharon Hatcher