Pam Williams Dedication at Adema!

Trip Start Nov 26, 2010
Trip End Nov 18, 2011

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

     This past week FCDR (Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders) hosted a large group of 35 kids and adult chaperones from Westside Baptist Church out of Dallas,Texas.  I say kids because maybe of third of the group were under 16.  We typically have a minimum age requirement to work on site  of 16.  This was one of the few predominantly African American groups that have come down to work with us.  Generally speaking, when people give of themselves to volunteer on a mission trip, they are usually of the mindset that that have come to work.  They may not have the ability but they have the availability, so with a little coaching, are able to have a productive week.  Kids under 16, I would say, though, is another story.  Many are away from home for the first time.  Kids like to play and hang around with their friends.  I must say though, after working with the group from Westside Baptist, that their leaders (Miss Rossylyn, Miss Star, Duane and Lacey and others) did a great job corralling and guiding and mentoring the group as needed and we accomplished alot this week at four different sites.  The majority of the kids under 16 worked all week at a Rescue Farm for horses in Belle Chasse, La. near here.  They shoveled you-know-what and cleaned out stalls for the horses.  We also worked on final grading under the house at Adema in preparation for the dedication of Pamela Williams house that occurred this past week on Wednesday.  The whole group gathered there for that midday and then went back to their respective sites.  I put a link on FB of the media coverage, hope you saw it.  Pamela was speechless and tears of joy were flowing not only by her, but many in the audience.  She has waited almost six years for that day. Big kudos to Doug B., John and Robin from Virginia, Brent (whose group tore down the old house) and Craig for leading the effort of closing that project out.  Meanwhile, down at Orangewood, a part of the group was able to meet the future homeowners, Dave and Julie Stoufflet (sp?).   Dave said to me that the only thing wrong with the house was that he wadnt in it yet.  We are working hard and heavy on that.  The exterior siding was completed this week.  Alex has become siding and scaffold specialist.  WBC kids began the priming and painting of the underside of the house.  Orangewood is now actually a two story house due to the fact that the piles were driven too low and we had to build it up another two feet, so there is a 16" crawlspace under the house and a new deck built on top of that.  We should be able to finish this one up and be ready for another dedication at the end of July.  Nancy helped out this past week at O-wood, running the painting crew while Rebecca and Miss Kim helped with the siding and insulation.  We got the OK from the inspector on Friday to close up the walls with drywall (all the trades electric, plumbing and Hvac have been roughed in) and we insulated after he left.  Doug has offered to insulate the ceiling with R-30 before the drywall goes up.  He and I worked there Saturday, although I didnt help with the insulation.  I was doing my weekend hands-on-tools therapy and made a porch swing as a gift for the Stouflets.  I went earlier in the week to Larry the housemover across the way from Orangewood to copy the design of the swing that he had hanging in his garage.  He told me to take it with me instead of copying all the dimensions down.  So I had a 3-D blueprint to work from.  It wouldnt fit in the copy machine, so I had to cut all the pieces up and put it together instead.  Picture to follow.  We also worked on Fosters Lane, future home of Mr. Le.  There hasnt been much activiy since the blitz back in mid- april, but Frank from Maryland came back and is finishing up the handrail, Craig is back on insulation and plywood for the underside of the house and Ms. Tooley from Virginia was working there for the week as well re-doing the platform for the lift and got that ready for the installers who will start their work this coming Tuesday.  Doug B. will now move down to Jump Basin to work on completing Chauvin buras' home.  That one is close now too and since United Way (Nicole) was able to talk whomever out of us having to raise that one up a foot, were back on it.  Looks like the end of July should wrap up the mission here.  I'm curious what God has in store for us next.  Stay tuned.  Peace out.  Peter
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