U.P. Mission Trip 2019

Day Four: House 28

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Today started with an early breakfast, packing lunches, and heading to the site. We gathered next door to house #28 at the historic Methodist church. For a touch of local flavor, Larry (local pastor) led us in devotionals today. For the closing, Tammy got the pleasure of playing a hymn on the historic pump organ. Good times. Then the team walked next door and dug into their projects getting as much done as possible. The paint crew of Cheryl, Kaitie, and Carolyn worked diligently all day painting, painting, painting, and then more painting. They finished a second coat on everything in both rooms. Dick and Tammy worked on the trim around the floors, windows, and around vents. Dick occasionally walked through and wrote on the walls with a pencil that hung out of his tool belt. It was a near death experience from the daggers of the paint crew. Fred brought flowers in to get back in the good graces of the painters from his antics the day before. Cheryl accidentally painted Dick's hind side and Kaitie initiated Tammy with a paint spot on the nose. The electrical crew of Sharon, Dick, and Carl finished installing plugs and switches and making sure everything worked. They got the light on the front porch working and they all stood around and watched in amazement as the light turned on and off with the switch. The drywall team of Ed, Bruce, Joe, and Paul continued upstairs installing drywall on the ceiling and walls. Most of the team toured the red house on the hill #25. It is set up as historical museum and quite interesting. After that we took a group photo in front of our site house. Ed, Sharon, and Bruce went to Fred's to say goodbye. The rest of the crew went to house #10 and checked out potential future work. Then everyone to the showers and we met at the Ambassador for dinner. The joy this week has been working side by side with such a wonderful group of Christian friends. A fitting close to this mission week.

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Day Three: House 28

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This morning started as every other day with breakfast at the church, sack lunch making, devotions, and prayer. Surprisingly Carl's room temperature can of coke literally exploded in his hand. Excitement always manages to find Carl. We then all loaded up the vehicles and headed to the work site at the Central Mine Heritage site building #28. Ed took a side trip to Wendy's to speak with the gentleman who is going to repair her roof and drywall. The electrical team (Dick C., Carl, and Sharon) continued on their project to get the electricity up and running. Some of their time was also spent in the lovely basement running wires up to the electrical box. Fred (80 yr. old local resident, history buff, and all around interesting guy) has been helping diligently all week. Today, Fred and Tammy drove to his house with his dog Ginger to rip some boards to a usable size. Tammy learned a lot about the local mines and residents. Dick and Fred measured, cut, and installed the wood trim around the floor, windows, and doors. Tammy nail gunned them in.  Joe, Bruce, and Paul finished up sanding the 1st floor and Cheryl, Kaitie, and Carolyn gave both rooms their first coat of paint. What a difference that made! Tammy chipped in with painting at the end. Joe, Bruce, Ed and Paul worked on putting up 12 foot sheets of drywall.  Heavy duty work. After the work day ended, Mike (local pastor and geologist) took us on a tour of the Delaware Mine. He is a wealth of knowledge on rocks. Then headed back to Houghton for a refreshing shower and a home cooked dinner at the church. Yum.

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