Gloria Ford:Volunteers come from all different walks of life with their specialities and the things that they like to do
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not to thy own understanding.”
Hopefully you have had another wonderful week, and prayerfully, this weekend will bring you the joy and peace that passes all understanding that will flow into the upcoming week.
We finally got those much needed April showers that are not only bringing forth May flowers, but tiny garden shoots of precious plants are dotting the garden sites.
What a wonderful mode of relaxation to work in the garden enjoying the good earth that the good Lord has provided for all of His children.
Birthday greetings are going out today to Rev. Daisy Castle.
I pray that you will have many more birthdays.
Belated greetings also go out to Brother Frank Drayton, and to all that have celebrated or will celebrate birthdays in April, especially my older brother, Jay., and cousin, Tidie.
First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
The First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and its Senior Choir extends an invitation to each of you to attend their annual “Musical Extravaganza” on Sunday, April 29 at 4 p.m.
Sister Debbie Barnett is the president, and Sister Fruity Young is the directress.
Come have a good time. Rev. Dr. Lorenzo Smalls is the pastor.
Habitat for Humanity volunteers
I spent a portion of last Tuesday talking with Mrs. Ophelia Snow-Kelly, the volunteer coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. Ophelia has worked in that position for the past two and a half years.
She is thrilled to recruit volunteers, and then make sure that they are taken care of in their work by having food ready for them when they are working.
She coordinates with other businesses to solicit food or asks for donations to such a worthy cause.
There are many areas that one can help out as a volunteer such as in the REStore that carries all sorts of wonderful used (many slightly used, some new) appliances, furniture, exercise equipment, dishes, etc., at very reasonable prices.
The volunteers can spend as little as 2 to 4 hours whenever you can.
It is so rewarding to make someone happy, then you will be happy too.
The volunteers I spoke with on last Tuesday were the ones directly involved in building houses for appreciative families.
You would never guess that many of these workers are retired doctors or engineers, or of many other professions.
Les Goodchild came from Florida where he served for six years with Habitat.
He has been with the Georgetown Habitat for eight years..
His original homeland is London, England, but he says he has been away from home for the past 55 years.
He thinks Habitat is a wonderful organization and gives people an opportunity, who through no fault of their own, fall on hard times.
He says Habitat builds strong houses that will hold up, because it is terrible when you look at some of the places where these people are forced to live.
Les loves the fact that the people look after their houses, and are excited to be in them, especially the kids.
He says it gives a lot of satisfaction to build the house, and then you are satisfied with the people in the house. He believes you’ve got to keep working because it gives something to your life. He says he works with a great crew, but they need more younger people working.
Chick Bryd has been working for Habitat for twelve years. Of course he loves it.
Chris Gardner is the construction coordinator.
He oversees all the job sites, and works with the school groups that come in. He started as a volunteer two years ago, and thinks Habitat is great for families who can’t afford a home without them.
He says the day they receive their home that it is all worthwhile.
He thinks that it is outstanding that volunteers come from all different walks of life with their specialities and things that they like to do.
Maxi has been with Habitat 12 years, and Walt has been here since 1998.
They feel it is enjoyable helping people to get a house, and is always very enjoyable to work with the students that volunteer.
They love working with the young people because they are very adept.
John has been a volunteer for about a year.
He said he came just to help out because this had been more rewarding than what he usually does, which he humorously added when I asked what it was that he does ... golf.
Betty Hayes, one of the hard working women on the job that day, says she is basically everybody’s helper.
She paints, and does whatever she has to do. She said that one needs to give back, and this form of giving back suits her.
She said she receives tremendous amount of personal satisfaction.
Lori Hardman is a “Snow Bird.”
She spends half of the year here, and the other half in Virginia.
Everyone said she is the “skilled one.”
She has been doing skilled work for the past ten years.
I didn’t want to take up too much time from these busy and dedicated workers as they hammered and painted and did all the necessary things to construct a home built with love for someone they don’t even know.
All they know is that someone deserves to be happy.
Congratulations to all Habitat workers everywhere, especially our crew here in Georgetown.
Maybe you can’t get out there physically and help build a home, but if you can, they sure do need you, and if you can’t, you can always bless them with a donation towards this brotherly work. Give, and the Bible says it shall be given back to you ... good measure pressed down, shaken together and running over, shall men give into your bosom.
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved and the lonely, all Habitat workers everywhere, those who need housing, those who give unselfishly, the leaders of our land, missing persons everywhere, our law enforcement officers, our men and women on the battlefield in Iraq and their families back home, rising gas prices, and for one another.
May God cover you with His feathers, and may you find truth and trust under His wings.
May you have many wonderful days.
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