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Work Team to MS

 

We had our 4th Charge Mission Team leave for Gulfport on Saturday, September 29th.

 A Third Mission Work team went to Gulfport, MS in April 2007.


 A second Work Mission Team from our charge went to Gulfport, Mississippi in October, 2006.

Once again the mission team from Singers Glen has returned from the Gulf coast area of Mississippi. Each mission trip is unique in that even though we traveled to the same area the people we encountered are different. On this trip we worked primarily in Wiggins, Mississippi, which is about 30 miles inland from the Gulf coast. This area was primarily hit by tornados that spun off the hurricane as it passed through the area. These tornados took roofs off houses and toppled trees as they wreaked havoc in their paths. The water damage that the people of Wiggins received as a result of the storm came not from flooding and storm surge off the Gulf of Mexico, but from the torrential rains that fell onto roofless homes.

That was certainly the case for Molly Hence whose home we repaired.   Molly’s house had to be rebuilt from the ground up. In fact the team from Singers Glen rebuilt everything in the house with the exceptions of the roof and the exterior walls. Her house had had the roof taken off by the storm and because it took months to get the roof replaced much of the floor had rotted away. When we first arrived on site you could not walk around in the back half of the house for fear that you would fall through the floor. Molly was glad to see us come for she has been living with her mother since the storm came over a year ago and was anxious to move back to her own place. Another mission team had come earlier and replaced the roof on the house which prevented any further damage. When we arrived on Monday morning Molly was there to greet us and show us around. We looked the situation over and decided that it would be a lot of work but we felt that we were up to the task. The first thing that had to be done was that the whole house had to be gutted so that all that was left were the 2x4 studs and the flooring that was not rotted away. Molly jumped right in to help us, as she did every day that we where there. This she did before going to work a full day in the afternoon at her regular job. Before lunch on that first morning we had the house completely cleared and were ready to rebuild. After this initial phase of the project in which everyone on the team helped the team split up into smaller groups working on different aspects of the reconstruction of the house as well as other projects that UMCOR wanted us to complete.

Some of the other projects that the team worked on included painting, and organization of the supply center at Gateway UMC where we stayed and had our meals. We also worked on a second house later in the week as well.

The work at Molly’s house consumed a great deal of our time on this mission trip. We replaced the floor, rebuilt walls and put all new plumbing and electrical wiring throughout the house. The team was able to secure a new gas hot water heater for Molly’s house and installed it along with a new shower, toilet, and vanity in her bathroom. As the week went along insulation was added and all new drywall was hung and mudded in place. We replaced windows and a door to the house as well as rebuilt the front porch. By the end of the week all that was needed was paint and some new flooring and Molly would be able to move back home.

It gave all of us a good feeling that we were able to help such a deserving person. Every one of the 342 man hours that was spent on the reconstruction of Molly’s home was well worth it to see her face on the last day as we finished up the drywall work. Many of you here at home helped to make this possible by contributing the funds needed for the project. In addition to the drywall, door, hot water heater, and insulation that UMCOR provided for Molly’s house we used $2,316 of the funds that you donated to purchase all the other necessary materials needed to finish the project.

The other major project that we worked on was the mobile home of Carolyn Fairley who was an elderly lady who was displaced from her New Orleans home as a result of the storm. Carolyn’s story is one of those sad tales you hear in the news about elderly people who get taken advantage of by unscrupulous contractors that swarm in to devastated areas like this one to prey upon them. At Carolyn’s home we finished the work of some of these unsavory characters that haunt the south these days. Most of the work on this project was done by the women of the team. They crawled under the trailer and hooked up the sewer pipes to the septic system. They dug a ditch over 200 feet long and buried a water line so that Carolyn could have running water. Members of the team repaired a rotten floor under a hot water heater and reinstalled the heater along with a number of other smaller projects around her trailer that needed tending to. When we were done we presented Carolyn with a new air conditioner/heat pump to keep her warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The team spent 124 man hours at Carolyn’s house and used $1,144 in supplies to bring her hope and assurance that God had not forgotten her in her time of need.

Those of us who were a part of the mission team that went to Mississippi want to thank all of you here at home for making this trip possible. We thank those of you who gave money as well as those who took care of our families while we were gone.  Each of you has contributed in the sharing of God’s love for the people in the Gulf coast area.


A second Work Mission Team from our charge went to Gulfport, Mississippi in October, 2006. 

Once again the mission team from Singers Glen has returned from the Gulf coast area of Mississippi. Each mission trip is unique in that even though we traveled to the same area the people we encountered are different. On this trip we worked primarily in Wiggins, Mississippi, which is about 30 miles inland from the Gulf coast. This area was primarily hit by tornados that spun off the hurricane as it passed through the area. These tornados took roofs off houses and toppled trees as they wreaked havoc in their paths. The water damage that the people of Wiggins received as a result of the storm came not from flooding and storm surge off the Gulf of Mexico, but from the torrential rains that fell onto roofless homes. 

 That was certainly the case for Molly Hence whose home we repaired.   Molly’s house had to be rebuilt from the ground up. In fact the team from Singers Glen rebuilt everything in the house with the exceptions of the roof and the exterior walls. Her house had had the roof taken off by the storm and because it took months to get the roof replaced much of the floor had rotted away. When we first arrived on site you could not walk around in the back half of the house for fear that you would fall through the floor. Molly was glad to see us come for she has been living with her mother since the storm came over a year ago and was anxious to move back to her own place. Another mission team had come earlier and replaced the roof on the house which prevented any further damage. When we arrived on Monday morning Molly was there to greet us and show us around. We looked the situation over and decided that it would be a lot of work but we felt that we were up to the task. The first thing that had to be done was that the whole house had to be gutted so that all that was left were the 2x4 studs and the flooring that was not rotted away. Molly jumped right in to help us, as she did every day that we where there. This she did before going to work a full day in the afternoon at her regular job. Before lunch on that first morning we had the house completely cleared and were ready to rebuild. After this initial phase of the project in which everyone on the team helped the team split up into smaller groups working on different aspects of the reconstruction of the house as well as other projects that UMCOR wanted us to complete. 

 Some of the other projects that the team worked on included painting, and organization of the supply center at Gateway UMC where we stayed and had our meals. We also worked on a second house later in the week as well.

 The work at Molly’s house consumed a great deal of our time on this mission trip. We replaced the floor, rebuilt walls and put all new plumbing and electrical wiring throughout the house. The team was able to secure a new gas hot water heater for Molly’s house and installed it along with a new shower, toilet, and vanity in her bathroom. As the week went along insulation was added and all new drywall was hung and mudded in place. We replaced windows and a door to the house as well as rebuilt the front porch. By the end of the week all that was needed was paint and some new flooring and Molly would be able to move back home.  

 It gave all of us a good feeling that we were able to help such a deserving person. Every one of the 342 man hours that was spent on the reconstruction of Molly’s home was well worth it to see her face on the last day as we finished up the drywall work. Many of you here at home helped to make this possible by contributing the funds needed for the project. In addition to the drywall, door, hot water heater, and insulation that UMCOR provided for Molly’s house we used $2,316 of the funds that you donated to purchase all the other necessary materials needed to finish the project. 

 The other major project that we worked on was the mobile home of Carolyn Fairley who was an elderly lady who was displaced from her New Orleans home as a result of the storm. Carolyn’s story is one of those sad tales you hear in the news about elderly people who get taken advantage of by unscrupulous contractors that swarm in to devastated areas like this one to prey upon them. At Carolyn’s home we finished the work of some of these unsavory characters that haunt the south these days. Most of the work on this project was done by the women of the team. They crawled under the trailer and hooked up the sewer pipes to the septic system. They dug a ditch over 200 feet long and buried a water line so that Carolyn could have running water. Members of the team repaired a rotten floor under a hot water heater and reinstalled the heater along with a number of other smaller projects around her trailer that needed tending to. When we were done we presented Carolyn with a new air conditioner/heat pump to keep her warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The team spent 124 man hours at Carolyn’s house and used $1,144 in supplies to bring her hope and assurance that God had not forgotten her in her time of need.

 Those of us who were a part of the mission team that went to Mississippi want to thank all of you here at home for making this trip possible. We thank those of you who gave money as well as those who took care of our families while we were gone.  Each of you has contributed in the sharing of God’s love for the people in the Gulf coast area.



Be the Hope
"Be the Hope" speaks of coming together to aid those they've never met...
 

Report 3-11-06  (Saturday)
        Sherwin Garrett said they were quite busy on Friday and they went out to enjoy a nice, sit-down dinner.  Robin spoke with him early this morning, and they were packing the Suburbans and planning to hit the road by 8:30 am (our time).    She has also spoken with friends and family and they told me they have stayed informed by reading the website news.      
 
Report  3-8-06  (Wednesday evening)  
          Robin Garrett spoke with her husband, Sherwin this evening.  They had a long day, which was spent putting a new roof on a home.  Sherwin said that it was a blessing when the sun went behind the clouds as it has been hot, and this provided some relief.  Tomorrow they are scheduled to rewwire an entire house.
 
         "Every time I speak to Sherwin, he keeps telling me how anyone that can make a trip such as the one they are on, should do so.  He feels so good about helping these families.  Even though he is tired and sore, he is so excited and upbeat.  I'm so proud to be a part of a church family that supports mission trips such as this.  God is Awesome!!!"    Robin
 

Report  3-8-06 (Wednesday)
             Sherwin Garrett reports that since Monday, the team had installed a hot water heater in the church they are staying at, which allowed the operation of two additional showers, cleaned up debris from a yard, put electrical service to a church that is operating from a tent because the hurricane had taken everything except the steps that had once went into their church building, and put a roof on a house.  Today they were planning on putting another roof on a house.  I do know that yesterday a couple of the women who are with our group prepared chicken for approximately 100 volunteers at the church they are staying at.  
       
        Sherwin said they are staying very busy and he is so excited about the work they are doing there.  He hopes that another trip can be made in October.  The weather is "hot," and the bugs are out. Everyone is working very hard. 
       
        Jeanette talked to Steve last evening.  He said they had finished working on Wilma Leiss's niece's house.  From what we understand, this wasn't planned.  Someone is going to call Wilma to let her know about her niece's house.  What are the chances that our mission team would end up working on this house out of all the gulf area?  Looks like another one of God's plans.
           
        Today they were scheduled to start work on another roof.  Everyone on the team is still in high spirits and they are enjoying the chance to help out in such a concrete way.

 
Report #2 ~ 3-7-06  (Tuesday)
 
        Beth Foerster talked briefly to Pastor Steve this evening.  He said they were working on Wilma Leiss's niece's house.  Beth doesn't think it was planned.  
 
        Wilma and Jim have had health problems so haven't been in church much lately.  In case you don't know them, here they are:   
     
I wonder if they know the team has met their niece and I also wonder what the chances are of this happening???
 

Report #1 ~ 3-6-06  (Monday)
        A group of 12 volunteers from Donovan Memorial and Cherry Grove United Methodist churches left Singers Glen on Saturday afternoon, March 4, 2006 at 1:45 p.m. headed for Gulfport, Mississippi to help with cleanup and restoration after Hurricane Katrina, which hit last fall. 
 
        They arrived there about 3:30 a.m. and are staying in the building of our sister church, Gateway UMC.  The team will be doing whatever needs to be done. 
 
        Jeanette (Pastor Steve's wife) spoke with him on Monday evening as he was wading in the Gulf of Mexico enjoying 70º temperatures.  He said crews are dredging out as far as possible (with big nets?) and have scores of dump trucks hauling off the enormous about of debris that is brought in with each net (?).  This process just goes on and on.
 
         Pastor Steve says that seeing the destruction in person is far worse than anything that can be portrayed on television.  They observe that the people are sad but hopeful and are very strong. 
 
        On Monday, the team helped with some electrical work and hot water heaters.  Their next project will be roofing.

 
Our Singers Glen Charge U.M. Mission Team

Pastor Steve     

Nancy Bolton

Daneen Coakley

Gayle Davis

Ken Demastus

Sherwin Garrett
 
 
 

Blake Miller     

Mike and Brenda Miller
Photos not available for:
Dennis Hottinger
Mandi Shifflett
Jeremy Sonifrank
     
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