- Written by Sue Gardner Sue Gardner
- Created: 19 October 2018 19 October 2018
Today (Monday) we started work! We have been divided into four teams of six people each. The Fort Worth group was sent to clean up debris and cut down grass and weeds around the home of a man who is partially blind. The Orlando group will be power-washing a flat roof and applying two coats of sealant. Six from Saint John's went to clean up yard debris and clear out overgrowth from a backyard. The remainder of the group all joined up to complete a roofing project that had two small sections to finish.
Don, Doug and Wyatt were part of that last team, and headed into the mountains to finish the roof repair. The Blue FEMA tarps still top several thousand homes on the island. Many residents are frustrated at the quality of work provided to them by government sources or local contractors. They are grateful for any help we give them, as they don't have the means to fix things themselves. After working on the roof Monday and Tuesday, and just as Wyatt tightened the last screw into the last new metal sheet, the heavens opened up and christened the roof. No leaks!
Meanwhile, the team of Nelly, Sue, Jill, Cody, Eric and Cindy headed over to meet Carmen, a middle-age woman who takes care of her mentally disabled brother. Carmen has a tiny house with debris piles in several spots and a mini jungle in the back yard! She hoped that we would be able to move the debris piles to the curbside, cut down and carry out the “jungle” and apply a fresh coat of paint to the house.
While we waited for the painting to be approved by the municipality, we tackled the yard work, hauling sticks, weeds and cement debris. We really wished we had a wheelbarrow, but slowly the piles by the road increased in size until the job was done. Then we did some stucco work and powerwashing to prepare the house for the new paint … which was finally approved! We will finish that when we return Thursday, once the stucco has cured.
Cindy switched from the group working on Carmen’s house to the Fort Worth group on Tuesday, and we were joined by Trevon. It’s kind of a long story … we’ll be sure to explain at our presentation when we return!
Wednesday will be a day of rest and relaxation before we tackle our next projects.
“Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kindness,” “mercy,” “loyalty,” “loving-kindness” or “steadfastness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together—a “love your neighbor as yourself,” active, selfless, sacrificial, caring-for-one-another brand of living contradictory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are continually looking to work together to share some small measure of God’s extraordinary love. Won’t you join us?