9/17-9/18|Monday & Tuesday|Paint, Mold, & a Snake, oh My!
Team Appalachia eagerly drove 10 minutes on Monday morning to the job site of Carrie Napier, a 77 yr. old widow, to paint her 3 bedrooms and install paneling in her bathroom. Much time was carefully spent removing pictures of beloved family members and kick-knacks as we prepared to paint. Since the furniture could not be removed from these small rooms, the ladies took turns painting (sometimes standing on beds to reach the ceiling), but also to sit and talk with Carrie, who makes a great cup of coffee! Unfortunately, mold was discovered in Carrie's bedroom, which needed to be addressed. On Tuesday, the jobs were split between painting a 2nd, and 3rd coat of paint, cleaning pictures, and investigating a damp bathroom ceiling. As our crew chief, Justin Brock (no relation to Tim, we think) cut away a section of the ceiling, a snake skin was discovered! (Which had Justin on the roof looking for not just a leak, but a hole!) The ladies have so enjoyed our time ministering to the homeowner. She invited us to her church's revival on Wednesday night, which we glady accepted and offered to drive her there.
The ladies were on the way by 8am on their off day to tour Red Bird's pantry and outreach facility. Deb Diaz, WRCC's food pantry director, enjoyed hearing how Red Bird operates their food distribution. The team also delivered 100 toiletry gift bags that they assembled before they came down. The bags were much appreacited and to be used for Christmas boxes since they have been packaged very neatly. Also, the team visited last year's job site owner, Bige Sizemore, and his sister, Wanda Faye, and mother, Sally. The Sizemore's were so excited seeing us! Anna Bultman gave the ladies a handmade quilt that Anna and other WRCC women had made for them this past year. Bige kept thanking us for painting the outside of his house. Bige was a very shy man at the start of our project last year, but the team did not see any evidence of this at all. He's so proud of his home! The rest of the day was spent heading south through the mountains to eat at a moutain top restaurant, then to Walmart to buy items for Carrie's home. Oh...then the revival! How fun for us to worship with Carrie's church! She introduced all 8 of us as "her new friends"! How honored for us to be given this label. Just 3 days before she was a complete stranger!
9/20-9/21 | Thursday-Friday| Week coming to a Close
The ladies had an eventful day on Thursday. More painting, and dusting by the team, Sharon Vincent learning the circular saw (yey!), nailing up crown moulding, caulking, visiting a senior quilting center, and changing a flat tire! Team has had a great time, learned so much and had great conversations with the mountain folks. Friday would be a special day as the ladies purchased special gifts for Carrie N., the homeowner, that they would present to her when they said goodbye to their new friend. Closing at Red Bird would be on Friday night with a special communion service to end our week. Team headed home on Saturday morning. Great week!