Well, it is Tuesday night in New Jersey. Time is flying by. It feels like there is soo much to do here, and so little time. We have done a lot while we were here, however, the need is still so great that it is heartbreaking. Adventures in Mission have several mission trips set up to come back out here and partner with them long term, so I know that they will be taken care of.
People here have been so wonderfully appreciative that we would travel from around the US to help them. We have people here from Georgia, Texas, Virginia, and well of course Minnesota.
I don't think anyone knows my name her, they just keep calling me Minnesota. The weather here has been in the 50's and I giggle every time they all say how cold it is....of course they then make comment that the only reason I'm not cold is because I am from Minnesota :) LOL (Love this crew....they are fabulous)
We started our day out in Atlantic City again helping and elderly woman clean out her crawl space. Well, they told us that we just needed to remove a few windows....not the case! I felt like we were on the horders movie...we removed everything from old anchors, to saw horses, wood, windows, oars, doors, and even a boat :).....oh, and I must not forget we also removed a cat....yes, a cat! There must have been a cat living under her crawl space and when Hurricane Sandy hit, it got stuck under the house and died....we of course captured that on film.
I have been amazed at the strength in this community. Virginia not only suffered water damage from Hurricane Sandy, but she also lost her husband a week ago, and her son is currently in the hospital! We prayed for her, and I ask that you call do the same.
After leaving Virginia's home, we headed back to Varnell's home in Atlantic City to finish up a few things and to start on the next phase of the home. WE made some awesome progress ......its amazing how much a team of 9 girls and 3 guys can do.
During our breaks, I had an opportunity to do some relational ministry. As we were walking around the neighborhood, I noticed a family that had 3-4 children playing. We knocked on the door, met the family and found out that both of this womans children lost everything in Hurricane Sandy. We asked her if she needed anything and she told us she could use some blankets and such and she said they could use some clothing for the little ones...she was not at all concerned about herself, but just that the little ones had some clothing. We were able to give her some hats, gloves, scarves, some clothing and a couple of blankets for her little ones and a scarf and glove set for herself and her two children as well. We could tell that she was not used to taking handouts because she became teary eyed and gave us all a hug. So Sweet, I will never forget the family that lived on Beach Street in Atlantic City, NJ.
The last thing on the agenda was to take one of the special hand made quilts to Ms. Liz and give it to her for leading us to help Varnell, Carlos and their family...they clearly needed us, and if it were not for Ms. Liz's huge heart, we would not have made the connection with this family and would not have been able to offer them any support.
Today was a good day! I love this crew, and their enthusiasm to help others........it is contageous :)
Until tomorrow......have a nice night! Peace and love to you all!