It was a short drive from Quartzside, AZ to Buckeye, AZ where we were to do our first three-week mission project with an organization called NOMADS. There are 3 couples that will be working at the church.
|Phyllis & Leonard, Sandi & Steve and Jerry & I getting acquainted|
|Our Teddy and Steve & Sandi's Gabriel also getting to know each other|
Our first weekend the town was having their annual parade and rodeo. We enjoyed the parade but skipped the rodeo.
|On Sunday we attended the church we will be serving for three weeks|
Our work began Monday morning at 8:00am. Our day starts with a devotion and then discussion of work to be done for the day. We work Monday - Thursday. The day ends at 4:00pm
|The first 2 1/2 days each couple painted a Sunday school room|
|I painted every inch of this bookcase twice. Was very happy when she was all done|
|Steve & Len cutting down three large trees|
|Len hard at work|
|Steve & Jerry loading up for removal|
|Everyone helped load all the branches and stumps|
|Sandi & Jerry digging a drainage ditch. We also scrubbed two bathrooms, fixed plumping and several other projects.|
|Gabriel outside keeping on eye on Steve|
We spent Friday doing laundry and grocery shopping and then drove to Sun City to visit Marge & Joe Kowalski. Marge and I worked together for many years at EMCO Chemicals. It was great to see them again and to catch up.
|Saturday night the church had a fund raiser and they were kind enough to give us all tickets. We had a wonderful pulled pork dinner|
|and were entertained by a a delightful Christian family from Phoenix - it was a fun evening.|
|The second week involved a variety of smaller projects including staining the bottom rim of the pews, caulking and painting many windows, Jerry replacing door closers on the sanctuary doors and more tree cutting|
|This is where we are parked. One of the church Trustees has 10 acres which has several full hook-ups and he was kind enough to let us stay at his place.|
|They have some great looking and tasting lemons|
|Jerry sorting and cleaning his tools in preparation for our third and last week working in Buckeye|
|After church today we went to breakfast with several church members.|
|Well we found her and agreed to purchase this morning so we are saying this is our Valentine gift to each other. She is a 2010 Tiffin Allegro Bus. She is very pretty. 2' longer than what we have now and she has two more slides.|
|They are working on some repairs we wanted done (she is used) so we are hoping to take possession by the end of this week.|