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Fort Blackmore Mission: Ivy and Wasps and Spiders, Oh My!

By Andrew Mills
TPC Student Ministry Director

2013-06-25 13.58.51 HDRIt is such a joy to watch our team serve one another. Karen Gray, Dawn Reed and Sundi Bales-Frank made sandwiches for everyone this morning while Brian Brown and the boys helped take out the trash and sweep the bathrooms. Our challenge for this week comes from Paul’s letter to the Romans (Romans 12:10-11): “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”

After a delicious breakfast and some quiet time for devotionals this morning, our team headed out to the home of Julie Dorner to begin our labor of love. After unloading our supplies, we began clearing out poison ivy surrounding the trailer. Once we were safe from the vegetation, we gave the trailer a nice scrub bath with a healthy blend of chemicals to get rid of the mold and prepare the house for a fresh coat of paint.

Jake Sonnie earned the nickname “Hot Shot” for his impressive wasp-spraying skills. He managed to kill at least one wasp per can of spray. I’ve never seen a can emptied so fast.  On the other side of the wasp war, Gail Davis earned her badge of courage for being the first to get stung.

Despite a few setbacks, such as not having electricity for a couple hours and rain threatening, everyone has continued to work really hard today. Much of the wood for the ramp has been cut and a first coat of paint has been carefully applied to the front of the house.

Please continue to pray for safety as we are working around wasps, ticks, spiders, poison ivy – and the hot sun.

Click here to see the Fort Blackmore trip photo album. We’ll be adding pictures regularly.

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