- Written by Sue Gardner Sue Gardner
- Created: 06 June 2013 06 June 2013
Today we headed in two different directions. “Sam & The Guys” set off back to the construction site to work on drywall, trim work, roof repairs, gutter repairs, insulating, painting, etc., etc. There were several others there as well, so, again, it was much like Haiti: tools that don’t work, lots of heat, no electric.
Well, maybe a little electric. At one point Joel swore he saw a light on in the room he was painting in. Sam reassured him the main breaker was still off. Maybe the heat or paint fumes are getting to him, she thought, then, lo and behold, Sam saw the light, too! It was a miracle! (Or bad wiring?)
Lunch time rolled around and Sam and the guys all took off for a local DDD (Diner, Drive-in or Dive) where they served whole turkey necks! Yum!
Meanwhile, the rest of the crew headed over to the Community Garden at the ARC. We met a young man by the name of Jafar who has a crew of five who help him tend the garden.
The produce they produce is sold at local farmers markets and restaurants. There was a large group of volunteers that showed up during spring break to help prepare for the plantings, but very few have been there to help maintain the garden. Our task for the day was to build bamboo trellises for the peppers and install a drip irrigation system in two of the planting plots.
It was hot, dirty and sometimes a little wet, but we got the job done!
We brought life-giving water back to some dying plants. In return, Jafar gave us enough salad fixins’ to bring back to Camp Restore and feed all 45 of us for dinner. “Eat Good, Feel Good, Do Good!” That’s their motto at the Vintage Garden Farm.
The gals stopped—again—at a Sno-Ball Shack on the way home before the two crews were reunited for dinner. Speaking of dinner, Nelly, Janet, Sam, Elise and Kimberly had a chance at KP duty tonight. The menu was jambalaya and bread pudding. Soooo gooood! It went real well with the thunderstorm that blew through at the same time. "Must be God’s bowling night," one other camper commented.
Divided and conquered!
Bye from the Bayou!
“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?