Swan Quarter NC Mission Trip 2013

This is St. Thomas's all volunteer aid/relief team that takes on short term projects along the east coast of our country.  Recent projects include work sites in the Carolinas and Florida. This trip for S.T.A.R.T to Swan Quarter, NC, is May 5-11, 2013 and continues our efforts to help them recover from hurricane Irene. 

11
May

S.T.A.R.T. Mission - Day 6 & 7 - Friday/Saturday Update

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After five days of working on the roofing project, we drove our last nail and picked up the the last piece of shingle off the ground at 7:00 am this morning. Yesterday brought sunny skies and warmer temperatures that forced us off the roof again at about 1:00 pm. We went back to the job site at 6:00 pm on Friday evening to begin installing the roof caps. Dusk caught us with 10 feet of ridge capped left to be completed. It was decided that we would come back out early today and finish the job that we started.

This week has been a wonderful experience  for all involved. God provided us an opportunity to help a family in need and we are humbled by the simple things of having a dry roof over our heads. We are grateful for Karen King and Kathy Price for spending time cooking all the wonderful meals. We are thankful for Dave Dailly, Rick McMahon, Kheang Teav, Norman Yerby, William Ameen, Thomas Ameen, Ana Drake and Cliff Farrar for  all the hard work that was done each day. We are thankful for Lynn Furlong for doing our morning devotions. We are grateful for all the prayers and well wishes that have been sent our way from our Church friends. We are most grateful for the ability and strength provided us from our Father and savior Jesus Christ.

Asking any of the members about the work week and I am sure they we be able to sit and talk for hours about where each of us saw God this week.

In closing , Happy  Mother's Day to all the moms out there.

The May 2013 START Team

On the ferry to Ocracoke Island with my son Tom for a Saturday drive home. It is another beautiful day in North Carolina!

 

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09
May

S.T.A.R.T. Mission - Day 5 - Thursday Update

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Swan Quarter NC Mission Trip 2013

Greetings from Swan Quarter NC

Another beautiful morning in Swan Quarter. Another wonderful breakfast from our fine cooks. Another opportunity to gather around the circle and give praise to our Lord. Another day spent on the roof. Actually a morning and an evening spent on the roof.

The sunny cloudless day quickly turned a cool asphalt roof into a surface so hot that you could have fried an egg on it. So as not to ruin the work that we did this morning it was decided that we would pull off the job site in the early afternoon and come back to town and take a few hours off and wait until the sun dropped a little lower in horizon. The group returned to the job site at 6:00 PM and Tom, Kheang and Norm attacked the roof like pros. We believe that we can finish the roofing job before noon on Friday and be able to clean up the site and return the keys to the property owner.

It has been a great week working for the family and getting to know all the people that came south for the week. WE look forward to more opportunities to be of service to those in need of help as we praise our Lord for this opportunity.

An end of the day wave from Rick, Ana and Lynn

Blessings,
The May 2013 - START Mission Team

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09
May

S.T.A.R.T. Mission - Day 4 - Wednesday Update

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Greetings from Swan Quarter NC

What a beautiful morning in Swan Quarter! The sun crested the distant  tree tops in stunning order. The heavy  dew coats the young wheat crop and the morning fog hovers two feet above the ground surface.

 The morning breakfast included Karen’s  famous shrimp and grits concoction. Yummy.  

Today’s devotion spoke about the how Jesus called his disciples to be trusting in the Lord.

We headed to the job site to continue the roofing project. The work is slow but rewarding. The pitch and different gables causes those of us who don’t do this for a living to have to think and ponder the correct way to weave in the “valley” of the roof.   Dave, Rick, Kheang, Norm spent the entire day dancing on the roof while Will, Ana and Lynn worked the ground area. It is important that the area be kept clean and safe plus some of us don’t do well at elevations above 10 feet. The end of the work day brought the completion of the most difficult sections of the roof. It also brought the end of the work week for Dave Dailly. His quite disposition will be missed. The end of the day brought Thomas Ameen to the area for two days of work. We look forward to his contribution and young agility.

Dinner was held at the Relief Center and we were joined by our property owners and UMCOR staff. The menu consisted of barbeque, slaw and brunswick stew and wonderful desserts from one of the local churches. Our property owners gave testimonies to the group and expressed such an appreciation to the group for coming down to the area and sacrificing time and work on their houses.  

The end of the day brought our fearless leader Cliff Farrar to the group and we welcome him to our group. Karen said that now that Cliff is here, all the fun and games are over. Cliff walked into the house to a rousing game of Chicken Foot.  Ana and Thomas were the winners of the game and they were within one point of each other. The older players of the group were on the other end of the spectrum and not even close to Ana and Thomas.

Tomorrow brings another day and opportunity to be the hands and feet of our Lord.

Blessings,

The May 2013 - START Mission Team

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07
May

Day 3 - Tuesday Update

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Greetings from Swan Quarter NC,

This morning most of us woke to the gentle buzz of the alarm clock and the goading to get up from Karen. I unfortunately slept through both wake up calls and stumbled downstairs just in time for the morning blessing and plate size pancakes, fluffy eggs and crispy bacon made by Rick McMahon and Dave Dailly.

Today’s devotion spoke about service to others and how we tend to take things for granted. Lynn Furlong read a story about a women who as a teenager, traveled to an Appalachia Service Project and rebuilt a home for a family in need. The story ended with the children in the family wishing that they could have a bed for their new rooms because they had never slept in a bed before.   

We headed to the job site to continue the roofing project and we were greeted to a semi-dry roof and a warm sunny morning. We began stripping the old shingles on the other side of the house and were able to begin nailing the new shingles on the south side of the roof. Even with a small mis-calculation, we were able to get four  squares on the roof before the rain chased us away for the afternoon.

Our new Indiana Hoosier  friends joined us for dinner tonight and we had a wonderful time getting to know them better. I THINK THEY MAY WANT TO JOIN START AND COME ON MORE TRIP WITH US.

Smithfield Ham and sweet potato casserole, mac and cheese and cornbread were on TONIGHT’S  menu followed by strawberry delight  dessert made by Karen King  and Kathy Price . Norm Yerby was crowned  Jeopardy King for tonight’s show. Ana Drake continues to work on her puzzle at the plywood palace.

Tomorrow brings Thomas Ameen down from ODU to share in the fun for the remaining time we will be in Swan Quarter.  Prayerfully, the weather will be sunny for the entire day and with God’s help, we will be able to complete this roofing project by tomorrow evening.

We have been blessed with such a wonderful group of people working in a spirit of love and friendship .  

Blessings,

The May 2013 - START Mission Team

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06
May

Day 2 - Monday Update

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Greetings from Swan Quarter NC,

Rain, Rain go away ……Come again another day.

This morning we woke to a wonderful sunrise and the smells of pancakes,  sausage and coffee wafting in the air. The morning sun was casting a yellow glow across the young green crops growing in fields surrounding Swan Quarter.  

Our morning continued with a devotion titled “ Where did you see God” followed by song and praise. The first song we sang this morning was “This is the Day that the Lord Has Made” which was appropriate for the day’s work. Hopefully Ron Campbell could hear us singing his favorite song all the way back in Manassas.  

Our group traveled to the relief center where we met the UMCOR coordinator Tommy Gilbert. Tommy gave a brief history of the area and discussed the damages sustained during Hurricane Irene and tasked the group to begin a ROOFING PROJECT.  Tommy warned us to pay attention to the weather for thunderstorms were in the afternoon forecast. We were joined by a group of men from St. Lukes UMC. These men traveled from Indianapolis and will be working with us for the week.

We drove to the job site which was located 16 miles from Swan Quarter. We met the property owner, Jacquelyn and her daughter and grandchildren. We assessed the roof and realized that the roof was a 7/12 pitch roof. This roof pitch makes the job a little more difficult to walk on and therefore safety was paramount for the task at hand.

We began work at 10:00 am while the sun was shining with blue skies. By noon, the skies turned gray and  threatening. Fortunately, we were able to get a portion of the roof stripped and “felted in” before the rains drove us under the circus tent that Rick felt needed to be set up on the job site.  We were thankful to have a place to shelter under and eat lunch while the rains came through the area. Giving the  afternoon forecast, we decided to pack up for the day and head back to town to see if we could find an indoor job.

Enter the 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle that Ana Drake began working on while waiting for further instruction from Tommy. Five of use worked on the puzzle for the afternoon and spent a few relaxed hours of fellowship just talking and having fun being together. This is the first time that most of us can remember having to pull off a job site due to weather. God works in mysterious ways.

As usual, dinner was wonderful. The men from Indianapolis joined us for dinner. Ryan, Don, Steve and Al are here for a first time visit to the area and it has been great getting to know them. We look forward to spending more time working with them.

The day ended with a wonderful sunset and we look forward to another productive day tomorrow.

Blessings,
The May 2013 - START Mission Team 

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05
May

Day 1 - Sunday Update

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Greetings from Swan Quarter NC,                                                                                                 

It is amazing at how many roads lead to the small village of Swan Quarter, NC. The village is home to generations of farmers and watermen, and is located on the western side of the Pamlico Sound, or for geography buffs, the Inner Banks of North Carolina. Swan Quarter is located approximately 300 miles South East of Manassas.  The exciting event for the day was traveling to this small sleepy village for the week. Travel time ranged from 6 hours for Lynn and Kathy to more than 7.5 hours for Rick and Dave. Dave was following Rick and playing follow the leader.  Not sure why it took the guys 7.5 hours to get to Swan Quarter other then we just would not stop and ask directions. The group traveling to NC this week includes Dave Dailly, Rick McMahon, Kheang Teav, Norman Yerby, William Ameen, Thomas Ameen, Ana Drake, Kathy Price, Karen King and Lynn Furlong. Tonight’s dinner was a “Cheesy” Mac and Cheese with Sloppy Joes chased by wonderful homemade walnut brownies. If you are thinking about coming on one of these trips to lose weight, think again! With all the work that we are expected to do this week, we are forced to eat until it is all gone.

Half the group will be staying at the elementary school’s gymnasium aka “Plywood Palace” and at the Tunnell B&B. The B&B is a wonderful small white old farmhouse surrounded by fertile farmland and that is well suited for groups visiting the area.

We have been told that we will be replacing roofs that were damaged during Hurricane Irene that came across the coast of NC on August 28, 2011.  Once we finish that roof, we have been told that we will be doing another roof followed by another roof….

Our group will be supported by our wonderful cooks Karen King and Kathy Price. We have learned not to ask “what’s for dinner” for fear of being whacked on the hand with a cooking spoon.

Morning devotions will be lead by Lynn Furlong followed by songs of praise and worship.

For those that have never been on a START Mission Trip, we invite you to come and join in the fun as we work hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder helping those in need and being the hands and feet of our  Lord.

We will follow up with additional updated of the week’s events.

Blessings,

The May 2013 - START Mission Team

 

 

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