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 NOMADS would like to present NOMADS and give a devotion for the Sunday service. Anne volunteered to talk. She did a wonderful job of presenting the NOMADS mission and a devotion that also provides the basis for what NOMADS do and why.
On Sunday afternoon we met to meet our newest team members, Roger and Pat. It is always great meeting new NOMADS. This was Roger and Pat’s first Disaster Rebuild project.
Half of the team returned to the home of John and Sherry to continue with the work there. The team completed almost all the flooring. New interior doors were delivered, and installation on them started. There is still plenty of work left to complete at this home. The rest of the team went back to the home of Barbara to start installing the flooring, continued work on the cabinet installation in the kitchen, and started staining the natural pine walls. 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 allows the home owners to use the units for only a limited time, and that time has run out. Both home owners have moved out of the FEMA mobile housing units.
We finished our week with at trip back to Julia’s house in Denham Springs to present her with a Bible. After several minutes of letting everybody meet Julia, 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.
We have one more week of our work time here in Baton Rouge with lots of work left to do. The Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church will be closing the Long-Term Recovery efforts in Baton Rouge by the end of May. There is still a lot of work to be completed, but funding for the work has run out. Continue to pray for the many families that still need help to return to their homes.
Gary and Sharon Hatcher