Monday, November 2, 2009

NOMADS on Galveston Island

We got up and had a leisurely morning. I caught a shot of the sun as it was rising over Texana State Park. Our site was right on the lake.
We had a nice breakfast (pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee) and then listened to a sermon by one of our favorites, Pastor Lon Solomon of Mclean Bible Church. The great thing about the internet is that we can always hear one we missed if our internet connection is not able to handle streaming the broadcast.

Next, we got ready and packed up for a short trip to Galveston Island and our stay at our next volunteering site.Island Community Church is right on Galveston Island where we will be for the next 10 days.

We will be joining seven other NOMADS couple on a Disaster Relief project. The United Methodist Church (UMC) has a large network of volunteers. This will be our first effort with the Disaster Relief group and we will be participating as 'drop ins' for this Revolving Team Project (RTP). More information is on their website: http://www.nomadsumc.org/disaster_projects.htmWe arrived at our site about 3:00 and got to meet a few of the team members. The rain has been falling for the last week but our site seems to be stable enough. They plan to put down some crushed gravel in the campground which will make it more sturdy.

The campground was built by volunteers and has full hookups which are free of charge to volunteers. This will help our budget. We allotted $25/night for campsites but have averaged about $12.73 per night since we started full-timing in May.

Later we assembled to have a team meeting and learn about the week ahead. Our leader is very experienced in Disaster Relief and is the Chair for the UMC Disaster Relief committee.
Before we adjourned for dessert and a bit of social time, we posed for a team photo.We look forward to working with this group and will be reporting our daily activities.

Before we go, I'd like to let you know we really appreciate those readers who have taken the time to 'Follow' us on the side panel of the blog. Specifically, I'd like to thank:

Paul, Al (Stargeezer), CC, Mary Ann & William, Ida Pai, and Donna (squawmama)

If you are so inclined, feel free to click on their pictures at the right and check out their blogs!

Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!

3 comments:

  1. It's great to see how dedicated you and Pam are with your volunteering efforts. Hope you have a great time there too.

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  2. Hi Randy,
    If you have time I would like to see pictures of the island. I was there for 10 days with the Red Cross when the island was reopened after Ike. It was pretty bad then...I have wondered how they are doing. It was an honor to be there...we fed them..hugged them and cried with them...and I never heard a complaint even though most lost everything. Bless you and Pam. Don

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  3. Rand, Pam and Don, thank you for spreading your warmth and generousity to Galveston. Words cannot express our appreciation for all those who helped and are still helping us rebuild our beautiful island.

    We're a hearty bunch who aren't afraid to pick ourselves up by the boot straps and carry on, but there was so much damage we could not do it alone this time. It's because of people like you who dedicate their time and energy and give us a helping hand that keep our spirits up and give us hope that things will return to normal one day.

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! :)

    Hero's aren't born, they become volunteers!

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