"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face...You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
Isn't there a saying about dodging raindrops? This was definitely the case today as the volunteers had to deal with showers, on and off all day. The site in Baileysville in particular had all outdoor work to do. They spent quite a deal of time waiting out the showers in the truck. There were able to make some progress between storms and they were able to finish the washing of the trailer that started last week.
We also continued on the other site we were working on last week in Baileysville. This is the site that had roofing, porch building and ramp building going on. Today volunteers were able to finish the porch roof, lay all the plywood for new flooring in the living room and fix the front door. The whole house is really coming together.
The third home repair site was also one that carried over from last week, a flooring site in Brenton. Today the volunteers were able to lay all the vinyl tile in the hallway and bathroom, as well as put tar where the porch roof meets the trailer roof to help with the leaking water. Much to our surprise, this site was completed today!
The fourth site of the day was the Basketball Camp in Mullens. We held the camp at The Way youth center. Many PVs will recognize the name of the center since a couple of summers ago the PVs put a lot of work into the construction inside the building. This is our first time having a basketball camp in Mullens, and it seemed to be a perfect place to hold it. The turnout for the morning and afternoon sessions were very good considering there was another basketball camp being held just up the road. Due to the generosity of the PV running the camp, the camp is free and kids who aren't able to attend the other camp can come and learn and have fun at the PV Camp.
Dinner tonight was yummy (beans, rice and chicken) and the best part, everything other than the chicken was already in the cupboard! Even though it is a simple meal, it is quite satisfying.
The theme of reflection tonight was lending a hand. Several quotes and readings were shared about the importance of lending a hand to others. We were asked to share when we felt that we lent a hand to someone.