Monday, January 18, 2010

Events of the Week

Repairing the Soffit

Raking the Yard

Fixing Tom's Door

Repairing Mr. Al's (Tom's Neighbor) water heater.

Admiring Tom's Motorcycle

We walked the bridge between Biloxi & Ocean Springs.

Repairing Mr. Al's siding.

Out for Supper at the Hard Rock.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A New Buddy

This is Jessie, Tom's new part time buddy. Tom's dog, Midnight, died in early December. During the last few months a neighborhood dog, Jessie, has been coming around and became good friends with Tom and Midnight. We enjoy watching Jessie because Midnight taught him all her ways in taking care of Tom. So now Jessie shares two homes - Tom's and his original owners - and it works great for everyone. He has been a good grief counselor for Tom.

Rodent critters moved into Tom's neighborhood and liked his attic. He shared with us that he prayed for a solution to the problem and God supplied him with a cat. Tiki has taken care of Tom's rodent problem and Dennis helped Tom repair and seal the soffit. Now they have no access to the attic. Other projects include trimming out the front door, raking the yard (Ginny's project), getting a motorcycle started (Is that in a carpenter's resume?), and repairing Mr. Al's and Ms. Ruby's water heater. Mr. Al and Ms. Ruby live across the street from Tom. Tom has been like a son to them in helping them get their home restored after Hurricane Katrina, often times giving up his opportunities so they were able to get back into their home as soon as possible. The water heater repair was a project Tom couldn't do by himself.

Some items on our to-do list: Seafood Buffet, A trip to New Orleans, Eating some of Ms. Ruby's red beans and rice and oh, of course we'll find some more work to do. The yard is not done yet!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pillar of Light

As usual, we complain about the Wisconsin weather in the winter and we did this morning as we packed the car in a bitter 3 degrees. Our Father is gracious with his sheep and in spite of our complaining he displayed his creation beauty with a beautiful sunrise with the mists rising from the creeks. The snow covered fields glistened in the sunlight while the trees glittered along the roadways. But traveling between Freeport and Rockford we were blessed beyond the usual creation beauty when a rainbow pillar of light appeared on the horizon to the left of the rising sun. The camera could not capture the rainbow colors but I hope you get an idea of what we experienced. As God led his people in the desert we feel we are being led. We bow our heads and give thanks for his direction and travel on with an expectancy of what He is going to do in Mississippi. Enjoy the pictures.
"From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised."  Psalm 133:3

"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." Romans 1:20

Saturday, October 31, 2009

God's Team in New Orleans

When God puts together a team of laborers every detail is taken care of  and the job is completed with heavenly precision. He brought six guys together to complete the work for the Williamsons. Here we are all together with Randy and Kathy Williamson. Randy pastors Calvary Chapel St Bernard. They rent a building for $1 a year that before Hurricane Katrina was a nursing home. They have partitioned off a portion of the building and restored it to use as their church.

We left Saturday, Oct 10 and spent the night in St. Louis. Scott and Gail Larson graciously opened their home to us to spend the night. And you are gracious hosts when your guests are arriving at 2:00 a.m. After a full day of driving on Sunday we arrived in New Orleans and set up our sleeping quarters in the church. Each morning we started are day with one of us sharing a devotion and praying together. Not only was it a week of work to complete their house, but it was a time of great fellowship and growing relationships. We built friendships that will last into eternity. With God's precision a team came together with the specific skills needed to complete the work and the right number of guys to complete the work on time.

We finished at 11:00 Friday morning so that we could spend the rest of the day in Biloxi. We were able to spend time with my friend Tom Wasmer. It's been an exciting journey to help Tom get back into his house. Tom joined us for supper with Chuck & Kathy Billeaud. Several of us had been part of the team that helped build their house after Hurricane Katrina. The "Butterknife House" was built in 17 days - another God story. There's my name along with everyone else who worked on the house. The 8 ft board is on the wall of Chuck & Kathy's garage. It was a great way to end the week!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Aiding A Brother in New Orleans

Back in August Brian Johnson from Frederic, WI contacted Dennis about helping a pastor friend in New Orleans. Brian coordinated the Butterknife House project in Biloxi, MS following Hurricane Katrina. Dennis was part of building the house in 17 days. Brian now is coordinating a project to help Pastor Randy Williamson finish his house. Randy is a Calvary Chapel Pastor and a Rapid Response Team Chaplain for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He used to be one of the largest drug dealers in the state of Michigan. He and his wife Kathy gave their lives to Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade in the 80's. Randy now pastor's a church in a very poor neighborhood in New Orleans. About a year ago he came down with a crippling nerve disease that for awhile had him confined to a wheelchair. He is now receiving IV treatments and is doing better but is still very weak. The Williamsons had started remodeling their home when this happened. Though Randy is a good carpenter he has no strength to finish the job.

God has brought seven guys together to go to New Orleans to finish the remodeling for the Williamsons. They will be leaving Saturday, October 10 and returning Sunday, October 17. Brian and the guys will pick Dennis up in Janesville for another adventure in the Lord. Scott and Gail Larson from St Louis have offered housing for Saturday evening on the trip down to New Orleans. The guys will be doing their own cooking and sleeping at the church. They plan to be at Randy's house by eight in the morning each day to start working and will be trusting the Lord for the events of the day. We are praying for those Divine Appointments. Later in the week they are planning to drive over to Biloxi and visit Chuck and Kathy at the Butterknife house and Tom, our friend who we have been helping to restore his house after Hurricane Katrina. Our previous blogs have included stories and pictures of our trips to help Tom. The guys are praying they will be a blessing to everyone they make contact with. We will keep you posted as the week progresses and have pictures when Dennis returns. Everyone involved covet your prayers for our Lord's name to be lifted up.

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." Galatians 6:9-10

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Work in Eagle

The airplane the team flew into Eagle on.

The camp in Eagle.

Don Mann's House

Jean & Nick Turner

Putting a roof on Nick's house

Up in the air at Nick's house.

The Turner outhouse

Nick starts the first fire after the stove is installed.

Panning for gold! But alas - no great find.

A warning to hikers!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sights of Alaska

 Flying into Alaska

 Mud Flats near Anchorage

 Flying into Eagle

The View from Eagle

A dog house

Picking Blueberries on the Tundra

A Beaver Dam

The summer use of a sled

A Fish Wheel on the Yukon River

On the Yukon River

The Road to Eagle Closes on October 15 - earlier if it snows before that.What do the locals do after that? They cut wood and take walks and enjoy the slow pace of life.