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820 Colonial Ave
Norfolk, VA, 23507
United States

(757) 625-1697

2015 West Virginia Mission Trip

Exercise Your Faith

Ashley King

Welcome to work week in Weston! Today after breakfast and prayer, we broke into our 5 teams, met the families whose homes we are working on and followed them to their homes to begin work!

Our home projects are:

At Karen’s family home we are repairing and painting her tin roof, after trimming low hanging branches off of it, pulling out and replacing a broken window and attaching new fascia boards to hold new rain gutters. Karen is the sweetest, spunky lady you’ll meet. She opened her home, her fridge and her heart to us today.

Recently having to tear down her house, Diane and her husband are living in a very small home on their property until they can build a more permanent home. Today we already removed the old roof and installed a brand new one and began digging a trench that will house steps up the dangerously steep incline to their home. We’ll also start tackling painting the home’s exterior and hopefully building sturdy stairs to the second level of the property where the house lies.

At Connie’s home, where many of her grandchildren and their mother also live, we have begun sealing their leaky roof by rolling a coating over the entire surface (we had an entire family on the roof today!), fixed a leaky faucet, replacing their front door, adding porch railing, and demolishing an existing deck that is in disrepair.

Kelli is a single mom and her bathroom floor was on about to break through with one more step, so we began pulling it out and replacing it. The team already pulled plants that were against the home in order for the exterior of the home to be painted.

Meanwhile, VBS kicked off with a morning of VBS fun and then the kids took a tour of the work sites, bringing their team members snacks, water and praying for each family and home.

After working all day, we shared powerful stories of relationships blossoming and our hearts breaking for our sisters and brothers in more need than we could imagine. Our prayer is that the Lord knows them and is wrapping His mighty arms around them today, filling the needs that we cannot.

We had a short talk from Brenden, who works with a ministry that tours around the country speaking to youth about healthy relationships. But today he challenged us to consider the theme verse for our week, Micah 6:8- Act Justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly. Brendon spoke on all three points, but challenged us most to consider what it means to love mercy and how that reality would change our lives. How would our response to situations where someone deserves a certain punishment change as we love and show mercy? Challenge yourself to read and consider with us how the reality of loving mercy should change our actions.

And of course after all was said and done, one of our boy scouts built us a fire and we shared lots of s’mores.