Saturday, January 15, 2011

We're NOMADs in Mississippi

We finished up our first week of work here in Moss Point, Mississippi.   Our rigs are parked at Caswell Springs United Methodist Church where they have 8 hookups for water and electricity and a dump station around behind the church.
We joined the team for Sunday school and church.  Here is a photo before everyone had filed into the sanctuary for church.
After church we all went out to Sassy's Restaurant in nearby Hurley.  Sunday evening we were on our own.   

We were ready for our NOMADS meeting and devotions which began at 7:30 AM on Monday.  We each sign up for a day and lead devotions.  During our daily meetings Marley talks about the work and assignments and we discuss the situation at each house where we are all working.
Right how we have a total of nine couples and are working on four homes.  The home we are working on is in Pascagoula which is about 17 miles away.  In the past five years since Katrina this home has had some work done on it but it was never completed.  Since Katrina, NOMADS and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has completed 256 homes.

Our first task at our house in Pascagoula was to replace the back door.  Don and I tackled that.
With some negotiation and cajoling, along with six long screws, we were able to put it in.  And it even swings freely, with no catches.  We also installed the deadbolt and door handle.

The major task before us in the next few weeks is to get the sheet rock up in the house.  We were glad we had a lift for the ceiling pieces.  It saved us a lot of time and allowed us to get most of the ceiling done in the converted garage in a day.
Then we spent the next three days working on the rest of the ceilings and started on the walls.
One thing we like about the schedule is that we have two 30 minute breaks and an hour lunch each day.  We look forward to 10:00 AM, noon and 2:30 PM.  Believe it or not, we get tired doing this stuff.  The breaks help a lot.
We start the clean up around 3:45 PM and head finish up by 4:00 PM.

The end of our workweek is Thursday so that is the day we all go out to dinner and have some fellowship.  
We found a pizza place not far away that works great for our get-together.  Thursday night also serves as a time when we get a group photo.
 And we say good by to those that are leaving.  Ricci and Jean were here two weeks and are going to another project in Florida after they leave here.

We are glad to be here and have a great group of folks to be working with.  The sheet rock work is good and it allows us to get better at the hanging it and making good measurements.  One of the benefits of doing this type of work is that we always learn something and we enjoy that.

This weekend we intend to recharge and to visit the surrounding areas.

Hope you have a great weekend and we appreciate you joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles, this time signing in from Moss Point, MS ~ not far from Pascagoula MS and about halfway between Mobile, AL and Gulfport MS.


  1. I think what you do is totally inspirational.

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Great job, helping out on those homes is so satisfying. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

  3. many hands make light work!..good for you are all truly an inspiration to everyone!

  4. The world is a better place with people like you two in it....Thanks for all you do ...It gives us all faith in human nature...

  5. Looks like another great project for helping folks. Congrats for doing this hard work, you and Pam are truly an inspiration to us all.

  6. Looks like you found a neat spot to be! It looks warm-ish, is it?? Your project is inspirational...I'm sure you are tired at the end of a very fulfilling day!! It also looks like you work with a great bunch of people! I'm in awe!!!

  7. Geesh !!!! I just wrote a comment and looks like I lost it. Having wifi "issues" here.

    We wanted to get over to Moss Point but looks like the project will be running out before we head back that way. Len used to work at the shipyard near there and wanted to try to reconnect with some old friends.

    We are in Tucson at Hope UMC. Spent last week tearing down ceiling tiles, will replace them this week.

    Hope to see you on a future project.