As I type this, we are on the road heading back from Panama City. We sang this evening at the Panama City Rescue Mission to a great group of men who were very encouraging to the youth. It was a joy to share the love and hope of Christ with them.
Our teams worked on a variety of projects today. One team did some chainsaw and debris cleanup for a woman named Ms Debra. One team split a ton of wood for a family we met when we sang at a local nursing home. The wife was one of the staff and asked if we could come help as her husband was diagnosed with prostrate cancer right before the hurricane. About half our group worked in a warehouse being prepped for upcoming distribution of resources. They pulled up some flooring and began putting up some shelving. They will finish their work tomorrow.
20% of the lumber in the US comes from this county and the pine trees were devastated. It will take 2 years for it to recover, so if you see the cost of lumber increase, you can connect the dots to Hurricane Michael.
The town of Marianna lost 30% of their jobs. There is a lot of discouragement here but glimmers of hope as well. We hope we are a part of those glimmers.
- that we finish strong tomorrow with projects and our witness in Marianna
- rain to go away for tmrw and Saturday. (Doesn’t hurt to ask!)
- grace and gentleness in our dealings with one another
- safety in all things