Monday, July 06, 2015
Wasps, roofing, and CPR, Oh My!
Today was the first day of work, and we began the day setting out to our two worksites. A team of 9 began removing shingles at Miss Carrie’s house, while the other 4 team members set off to Mr. Price’s house to begin work on the front porch (not deck-as corrected by Dr. Mike).
The work on Miss Carrie’s house began with removing asphalt tiles from the roof, which were melted together from years in the hot Mississippi sun. A wasp’s nest was uncovered at one edge of the roof, but Ron saved the day by pushing the nest off of the roof. Thankfully, no one was stung! We almost finished removing all of the tiles from the biggest part of the house, and we will finish that part of the job first thing in the morning. Only 3 places of rotten wood were found, so far, and just a couple of soft spots where the joists underneath were placed too far apart. The men will begin determining how to fix these spots in the morning.
After lunch, 15 kids arrived (between the ages of 8 and 18) for our life-skills tutoring sessions. We began with first aid, where Lisa taught the kids how to help someone who is choking and how to perform compression CPR. The men in the group were graciously volunteered to play dead while the kids were taught how to appropriately perform compression CPR, just without applying as much pressure as they would in a real circumstance. After the first aid lesson, the boys went to learn how to cook from Head Chef Jeff and his Sous chefs Jeanne Marie, and Nate. The girls were sent off to a sewing lesson lead by Madame Seamstress Gwen and her assistants Ashley, Megan, and Ginger.
Supper tonight was once again amazing, and we all thoroughly stuffed ourselves with beef brisket, potato casserole, beans, fruit, more amazing rolls, and a delectable spice cake (this is not a mission trip to lose weight on…). After supper, one of the elders, his wife, and a member of the Hope for Hattiesburg committee met with us to discuss how the organization got started and how they choose what projects to work on.
After supper, a Walmart run was made, and then Ginger beat the completely bumfuzzled Nate in game 2 of Horse with only an HO to her name. Series tied 1-1, stay tuned for game 3…
Tomorrow, every team member will be working on Miss Carrie’s house to see if we can get all of the shingles off and begin work on the rotten spots on the roof. Please continue to pray for team health and safety and that we will be hydrating well in the Mississippi heat and humidity!
(General Quackington will be able to be found in 1 picture each day unless stated otherwise in the blog. Did you find him in yesterday's post?)