Friday, October 18, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Since yesterday was a rain-shortened work say we knew we had a lot to do. We decided to make an early day of it. We left the lodge at 7:30 and arrived at the work site a little after 8:30. We were starting on the back of the trailer. On one corner there was no wood whatsoever to which we would be able to attach the underpinning. We devised a pan to build the frame to which we would attach the underpinning and for to work. Stuart and Hance got the bottom boards nailed to the ground ask the way down the back and across the tongue-end of the trailer. Jeff and I were measuring and cutting the down pieces. We got into a rhythm and completed the back side of the 70' trailer by 11:30! The weather was much more cooperative today with only one short shower just after lunch.
We decided that it was a good time to stop for a lunch break. As we were eating our lunch Terry and Brenda drove up to check progress. We could tell they were pleased as Terry said, ” yep, that's just how I pictured it.” After taking a few pictures and visiting with the family they back down the mountain. I appreciate the long drive they made for such a short visit.
After lunch we contributed our way around the trailer. The tongue end of the trailer required some creative engineering to fit the underpinning behind and around the tongue itself. Jeff was a beast all day screwing in most of the underpinning himself. Stuart was the saw master cutting the 2x4s and cutting the metal with a circular saw blade turned around backwards. Hance and I worked on the framing, measuring, carrying cut pieces, and assisting whenever and wherever needed.it was a great team effort. As the day got hotter and longer we all needed frequent water breaks to keep going.
The makeshift porch had been attached to the front of the trailer. There were also two sheets of tin that had been put in place lengthwise behind it. In order not to disturb the porch (it wouldn't take much) we only quirked on either end of the front of the trailer. We finished the top side about 4:45. We decided to press on and finish which would ultimately save us about 2.5 hours of driving time for air one hours width of work. At 6:30 we were all done, packed up, and ready to leave despite the last few pieces of tin being installed aromatically close to the septic system! We stopped at the first store we came to and Stuart treated us all to drinks and snacks.
When we got back to the lodge we all took showers and for ready for supper. We went to Hi-Lite Pizza in the nearby town of Minnie. It was a short night when we got back to the lodge. They all had dessert while I checked emails. We all, being exhausted, turned in by 10:30. It was a good day, all day as or pastor is fond of saying.
Monday, August 19, 2013
All 8 of us arrow early this morning to be at the GAP by 7:00. After waiting for our marching orders and for the rain to subside a little we began to unload the two trucks and trailer and stage the items for the sale. It continued to rain of and on throughout the morning. We covered the furniture with tarps and cardboard so as not to get it too wet.
About 10AM the FBC crew loaded into Stuart's truck and followed Terry to Elkhorn City air an hour away. When we arrived it was sprinkling a little. Terry showed us what was to be done and then dove back to continue helping with the yard sale. Since it was raining we decided to easy our lunch before starting our work in earnest. We were able to complete the underpinning on one end of the trailer before the rain came back again. Unfortunately, it was a short day of work, but we have a plan of attack for tomorrow.
Jeff cooked another great supper for us tonight. After supper we had a good discussion about Mission opportunities and development that have stemmed from our readings of ”When Helping Hurts” and other such books. Whether it is with or people in Augusta our with the good folks of Smoke Rise I am always energized by these discussions. They bring encouragement to me that we are on the right track. These discussions also serve to push me onward in my thinking and planning of current and future partnerships.
The Smoke Rise gang will be heading back home tomorrow. We will head back to the worksite hopefully under sunnier conditions.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
This next series of blogs is a trip log from Kentucky. Trip participants are Jeff Badke, Stuart Evans, Hance Williamson, and Andy Jones from FBC Augusta and Bill Blanton, Page Fulgham, Jimmy Fulgham, and Jim Myrick from Smoke Rise.
Yesterday, Jeff Badke and I left Augusta for Richburg, SC to the La-Z-Boy distribution center at 8AM. We arrived with the 26' Penske truck just before noon. We had been told that the supply was slim sure to the tractor trailer load of furniture (that I helped coordinate) having just been delivered to Oklahoma City in response to the tornados there this summer. A list of what was available had been emailed to me this past Monday. I must say that what looked like a small load on paper is enough to fill the Penske! We got 5 couches, 2 sectional sofas, 2 love seats, 6 side tables, an ottoman, and 8 chairs/recliners. We will gladly deliver them to G.A.P (God's Appalachian Partnership) in McDowell, KY and to Paula Settle with Mountain Hope (part of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship commitment to the 20 poorest counties in the US*). After loading up the truck we drove on to Mars Hill, NC to spend the night. Although the drove up was rainy, it was thankfully uneventful.
Today we finished the drive up to McDowell. Brenda and Terry Carswell met us at the distribution center to drive us back to the lodge. The road to the lodge is not big enough to handle the Penske. Shortly after our arrival Stuart Evans and Hance Williamson met us at the lodge after having driven from Augusta this morning. The crew from Smoke Rise also came in this evening. They brought some furniture that has been donated by church members for the purpose of the GAP sale. They will be starting with us tonight and tomorrow, then heading back to Stone Mountain on Tuesday.
Brenda and Terry came back this evening after supper for our group orientation and to let us know what we would be doing tomorrow. Tomorrow, we will unload furniture and then drive to Elkhorn City, KY to begin our construction project.
*based on 2000 US Census
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Thank you, Joy, for the wake up call. Front desk didn't answer last night for me to set one up with and I did not hear my alarm. I quickly got dressed. We loaded the van and headed to the Airport. It was a close call getting to the gate this morning. We were the last ones on the plane in Rapid City. Hopefully, that is the last hiccup of the trip.
We had smooth travels the rest of the way home. There were no problems with either flights or bags. It was a sweet reunion with my girls. The team got back on the People Mover, which was waiting on us. We had a great trip. I hope you will seek out one of us that was on the trip to hear more stories than what I have written here.
Just a reminder, pictures are forthcoming.
|(L-R) Chiles, Jacob, Josh, Kevin, Mickie, Josh' daughter, Josh's wife, Betsy, Ziggy, Eric, Joy, Toni, Chip, Byron, Andy|
|our beautiful quilt (will be on display at church soon)|
|The Badlands...you just gotta see it|
|Buffalo on the roam|
|team at Mt. Rushmore|
|Crazy Horse monument.|
|We finally got Kevin on a horse!|
Friday, July 26, 2013
In the afternoon I took Mickie, Kevin, and Betsy to Faith since they had not been. We got another gallon of paint at the hardware sore which should be enough for the last gable and bell tower. We also went to the grocery store for necessities before we leave tomorrow. If my definition for success on this trip was based solely on projects completed I would be disappointed. But, when I more correctly figure in the cook-out, the relationship and connection made with members of the community (young and old alike), the exposure to the ministry of the Gettysburg church, and the excitement of our team about coming back then there is no other way to describe this trip BUT successful! Thank you, team, for your hard work, compatibility, flexibility, and your selves. It has truly been a great week. I look forward to the partnership that FBC Augusta can form here. I eagerly await discovery of how our unique gifts can be used in the communities of Bridger, Takini, Red Scaffold, Cherry Creek, and even Faith. Thank you church for sending us and trusting us with your mission.
|Andy and his hot dog helper|
|crowd at the cook-out|
|This is Beth (gray shirt) from yesterday's blog|
|shopping the beads|
|pow-wow at Takini|
|little fancy dancer|
|couples' competition (Joy and Chip)|
|Byron and Toni|
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Today was a good day all day. After we began the day with devotion and prayer we split out to begin our tasks for the day. I started painting the other two sides of the church. Chiles was working on the grill that we would use for the cook-out tonight. He did a great job! We had a superb grill and so will the next groups.
|Kevin and the chicken|
I left just the gable work front and back to so Thursday. In the afternoon Jake and Chip put up the mounts for the bell tower. When it was time to install the bell it became a full team effort. You can see from the pictures that this involved 7 people, 3 ladders, 2 2x4s,and 1 very heavy bell. We all were very glad to get the bell up. Chip and Jake finished mounting the bell. While they were doing that I hustled over to start the fire on the grill.
|And the bell is up!|
One of the ladies at my table tonight was Beth. She is some part Lakota. I think she may be a teacher in Pine Ridge. She was telling me about one of her friends, Leland, who is one of the last storytellers. With this guys help and through some NASA research they have determined that the Lakota are the oldest people group on the planet. They have also discovered a ”j” dialect of their language. She told a great story of an old Lakota gentleman being taken down to South America to meet with a medicine man. They took with them four interpreters to translate for these two. One from Lakota to French, French to English, English to Spanish, and Spanish to the language of the medicine man. As it turns out the medicine man and the Lakota man could understand one another in their own languages because they were so similar. After dinner and the fire put Toni brought out some bead work done by members of the Dakota association. Several of us bought some necklaces, bracelets, medicine bags, or dream catchers. It has been a true joy to be in this part of the country and to connect with these people.
As a group we stayed up later than any night previous. We were all winding down around 11P. We have to get ready for the final push tomorrow!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
With that being said we all headed out to begin painting the church. Chiles and Jake worked on the front of the church. Betsy, Mickie, and Joy started on the side. Kevin even helped with the painting near the ground. Chip was holding the ladder for me while I primed the top part of the front wall. We continued to move around the church clockwise until lunch.
We ate tacos fore lunch and worked on different projects around the church. We will finish painting tomorrow. Chip and I worked on the gate some more. I am satisfied now with the result. Chip, Jacob, and Chiles worked on the bell tower for a little while as well.
Toni and Byron came by along with Eric. We all went or to the corral to watch Eric and Josh work with the horses. The brown horse had never had a saddle put on before today and the paint had thrown someone a couple months ago and not been ridden since. She was still a little would, but Josh handled her very well.
Byron told us yesterday about how they view the corral a sacred space where the spirit of the human connects with the spirit of the horse. We saw that played out today as they were working with the horses. As Josh got on each horse Eric reminded him to relax. He took a deep breath and got into ”go” mode. As they went around the circle Josh's breath was even in sync with the horses.
Betsy, Kevin, and I fed and watered the chickens. Chiles found 14 eggs I the henhouse perhaps because Kevin Talks-With-Chickens has been talking to them the last couple of days. We hear that helps the chickens lay.
Tonight, we went to the Takini school for the festival put on by a missionary group from Gettysburg, PA. We got to meet and talk to several members of the group. They are doing construction in several communities coordinated through Doug Dupree as well as the festival and financial classes. They have also coordinated a Pow-Wow for Thursday night. I gave my information to Penny, their trip organizer. Hopefully, we can connect in the next few weeks to talk more about the area. Last night it was a rainbow tonight it was God's fireworks to close out our evening.
|Last night's double rainbow|
|Josh preparing to saddle the horse|
|Kevin touching the colt|
|Kevin-talks-with-chickens doing his thing|
|Andy rehanging the chicken water|
|Takini School Festival put by Gettysburg, PA group|
|giveaways and furniture store|
|Joy and Toni selling snow cones|
|dinner and bingo|
|after dinner entertainment, water baloon toss|