Friday


The last day is always a day full of emotions.  There was excitement in the air at breakfast as we all anticipated the day ahead of us.  The day didn’t let us down.

Today we:

  • Finished grouting the floors
  • Finished painting
  • Installed as much trim and base as was there
  • Rebuilt and set cabinets
  • Painted windows
  • Moved and hooked up appliances
  • Stained and varnished
  • Filled nail holes
  • Polished doorknobs
  • Cleaned up our dust 

At morning break we gave Raymond the quilt we had chosen for him.  He was surprised and genuinely thankful for all we have accomplished this week.  Raymond told us how grateful he is that we took our time to come here and help him.  He acknowledged that we took time away from our jobs and our lives to be here.  He said he might not remember our names, but he will forever remember our faces. 

We were done and packed up around 2:00.  We all gathered in the kitchen with Raymond.  Pastor said a prayer asking for blessings for Raymond and his home, and thanksgiving for a safe week and journey home.  Handshakes and hugs were shared.  And then we were done.

On our way back to Camp Faith, we stopped by the elderly couple’s house.  Roy went up to the door and talked to the woman.  She shared that Judy did find a house-raiser.  She said they feel very encouraged and feel their project will be approved.   Roy gave her the quilt that we picked out for them.  She hugged Roy and told him to tell the ladies who made the quilt, “Thank you very much!”   And then we went back to camp.

A Thank You Sign

At Camp Faith, we unhooked the job trailer we had been pulling and moved up our trailer so we’ll be prepared for packing it in the morning.  We cleaned the floors, kitchen, and bathrooms so they would be like we found them.  Supper was lasagna and finishing up leftovers.  By 5:00 we were off to the Grand Ole Opry!  Only a couple of us had been there before so for most of us it was an extra-special treat.  On two different occasions they announced that the “Outbound Servants from Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sioux City, Iowa, are here!”  The second time they even told that we are volunteers for the flood recovery.  During the opening of the show, they had a short history of the building and showed the devastation of the flood.  The acts were very entertaining and we all laughed and had a nice, relaxing time.  It was definitely the Grand Finale to the week!

We’re planning to be on the road by 7:00 AM tomorrow.  Looks like the weather will be perfect and we’ll be home before we know it.  Thank you for your prayers for safety. We have felt them!

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