Today Bobby Trenkamp, Preston, Tali, Beverly, Juliette, Jan, and Bobby Srour worked on building a wheelchair ramp for Randy Hatfield (a descendant of the real Hatfields from the legendary feud with the McCoy’s). We fixed up the site under Bobby’s expert leadership, Bobby T digging myriad post holes, Jan supervising, Tali and Preston finding “plumb” and Juliette and Beverly pitter-pattering on the dirt (a very important job despite how it sounds). Randy helped screw in deck boards, stating he’d go for as long as Bobby Trenkamp did and Bobby never quits, but Randy kept pace. By the end of the day we had everything but the balustrades done and Randy’s dogs were gleefully pitter-pattering up and down the ramp (in a much different way than Juliette and Beverly’s official construction pitter-patters from earlier which were in fact crucial to the integrity of the ramp design).
We started the afternoon off with a lunch devotion. We talked about friendships and enemies. We got to the worksite and we started putting in the floor of the porch. We finished the porch and we realized everyone else was still working on one piece of wood. Gia broke it like 8 times. I then built railings with Matthew. We raced JohnPaul and Colin and absolutely destroyed them. We went home and ate food.
After team 2s lunch break (back at the church so that we had access to bathroom facilities) we returned to the job site finishing the deck for the family who is living there. It was a warm day! While Marshal and Pastor Cab and dad and uncle of the family were discussing how to do the railing and balusters, James and Jeanne went out to get water from a store for the 3 worksites. We dropped off at site 2 (site 1 was still in design discussion as we drove by) to see the almost completed wheelchair ramp. At site 3 we dropped in with water and got to see the puppies and meet the woman who lived in the home there. She was getting a wheelchair ramp and a porch. Work is going well at all sites!
After free time Chris called everyone inside for dinner. When we came inside we found out that we didn’t have to cook dinner tonight. Joey, Belvia, and their daughter Isabella were the family that our group helped in last years mission trip and they offer to cook dinner for us. They made a delicious pasta and salad.
Today was an upright day, many good things and many eye openers were experienced throughout the day. Some few noticeable good things throughout the day on our worksite includes the astounding corroboration our team has executed, the leadership roles some members have held, and the selflessness members have executed to make sure the dogs on the worksite and the puppies playing were safe and felt loved. Some eye-opening events that had occurred today include the contrast of quality of life between Gilbert WV and Potomac MD, there is an outrageous difference between the cultures of the two places. We saw dogs on chains left in the hot sun with minimal food, water and shelter, and one that just had 8 puppies and dogs across the street playing on the busy interstate. We saw houses being run down but still in use, and lastly to be named is the difference in the altruistic values the people in Gilbert have compared to people in Potomac. Joey from last years mission trip, who’s trailer we rebuilt offered to cook us spaghetti for dinner tonight, Pastor Cab voluntarily went under a lady’s trailer in a pool of sewage to locate a broken pipe, and lastly to be mentioned but definitely not the last act we’ve seen here was the help of Chasse who dedicates the majority of his day to helping other people when he has other jobs and responsibilities he needs to attend and sacrifices his time to help us in our mission to spread faith, hope, and love. I have not seen this very often in Potomac. Overall, today was a huge character-building day and each one of us feel more grateful for what we have the more we view the contrast of life between Gilbert and Potomac.
- Gabi could have become spiderman, but wasn’t ready for the great responsibility.
- Jan is a superstar. Saving dogs one moment, cleaning up after everyone without complaint another, and always has a smile on her face.
- Alex can’t be stopped on the worksite.
- Bobby T. is the best driller in the Trenkamp clan.
- Matthew had the most insane catch in kickball. Those baseball lessons are paying off.
- Corey lost the kickball. It’s now in the creek.
- Nick believes real men cry.
- Ask Charlie about sohcahtoa.
- Written complaints will be responded to within two weeks.
- Bobby Srour is a monster in 5 Crowns.
- Everyone wants to adopt these 8 puppies. Parents, let me know if you want one.
- The students were not thrilled to hear about a 6:45am wakeup.
- Cooking Team 3 was even less excited to hear they had to be in the kitchen at 6:15am.
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