We continue to praise God for the flood of volunteers he sends our way, eager and willing to do the unglamorous things that contribute to the relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts here in Lakeshore. I wish I could tell about all of them. I can write about only a fraction of what takes place any given week. For example, yesterday alone we had eight different groups broken up and working at twenty-one different locations. Teams from Ohio, Maine, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina were out clearing property, installing appliances, sanding sheet-rock, painting, preparing to pour a slab, running a sewer pipe, putting lattice skirting around a house, doing electrical work, building a porch, and so much more. all for the glory of God.
For example, I’m humbled by the willingness of the Florida team to spend their entire day yesterday installing a sewer line. After an early breakfast they went to the site, measure and put together a material list, scrounged through our plumbing shed for stuff we had on hand, drove into town to buy other supplies, used shovels and picks to dig the necessary trench through the mud and picks to break through numerous roots and stumps in the way, set the pipe, took great pains to get the drop just right, fought with monster mosquitoes and marsh gnats, and tied the house into the sewer, all before the sun set on the gulf coast last night. They saw a very long day’s work accomplished so that a local widow simply could flush her toilet when she moves into her new home; a home built by dozens of other like-minded selfless volunteers from across the country who don’t seek glory for themselves, but instead work hard, sweat profusely, and push forward to see the fame of God’s name continue to spread through our storm recovering community.