Friday brought our team a brand new day and fresh opportunity to help Orrick. It seems word has spread that there are some out-of-town volunteers around to help with tornado repairs.
While some of the team went to our friend Paul’s house to remove the remnants of a deck, two of the team visited a few neighbors with a chain saw and made kindling from fallen branches. They “loved the smell of sawdust in the morning”!
Two other team members visited a woman whose kitchen and mud room ceilings had fallen. She was not a fan of open concept ceilings and was not planning a skylight, at least not created from leaky roofs. So the guys went into town, bought some sheet rock, and replaced the ceiling. The team was very impressed with their ability to tape and mud. They brought a whole new meaning to the term “mudslinging”. Good job, guys!
At around 10:30, the Mayor of Orrick came by Paul’s house and asked us to take a look at a neighbor’s home. The resident, Donna, is 74 and a sharp lady. While her husband passed away 16 years ago, this farm wife has survived a previous tornado, two floods, and has lived in her house for over 50 years raising four children. Unfortunately, her home has seen better days. The Orrick tornado of May 10th, 2014 has caused structural damage to her home and the ceiling in two rooms, including her bedroom, has fallen in. She has been trying to live there off and on for the past weeks but to no avail. After her family rented a storage unit that morning, the group helped move many of her belongings there and Donna is now reluctantly moving on to a new phase of her life. The family has been anxious to help her release the house and move to a safer environment. It seems God used the evil of a tornado to bring good in the best interest of one of His children.
Every day we see how God moves in the lives of His people through the circumstances of their life, even the bad stuff. In the mission field, we are always amazed by what He accomplishes in His way. More to come.
~The 2014 Disaster Response: Early Responders STMT
We finished up at Paul's hours in the morning and took some time for a group photo before some lunch.
After lunch, we took out the tools and became movers for the afternoon. We helped an elderly lady start to move out as her ceilings were falling in from roof damage. Her daughter was there and pitched right in with moving items, too.
This pile of tree debris will be burned in the next few weeks.
The flagpole, like the spirit of Orrick, was bent but not broken.