Texas Mission – The 2014 Work Begins

Monday marked the beginning of the work portion of our mission in Mission.  Our team of eleven Pittsburghers joined hosts in Mission, TX and began working on a home north of Mission.  This three bedroom home will be the new dwelling for a family of eight.  The mom is a widow who is raising her seven children, several of which are children with special needs.  The First United Methodist Church in Port Lavaca, TX, is sponsoring this home but they did not have the opportunity to finish the work in “their” week – and we are blessed with the opportunity to assist in the completion of the work.

Monday’s tasks were mostly sheetrock-related, with a little plumbing and electrical work thrown in for good measure.  The group continued to grow in our ability to enjoy each other even as many of us were learning new skills and facing new challenges.  

The weather is amazingly great thus far, and we are still enjoying the copious amounts of food provided by our hosts from First Presbyterian Church of Mission.

Here are some images from Day One on the job!  If you’d like to see them a little bigger, just click on the photo and it will enlarge.  Thanks for your prayers!

This trailer has been the home for the family for several years.  Believe it or not, one of their relatives has asked if it's possible to live in it after the new house (the blue one on the left) is finished.

This trailer has been the home for the family for several years. Believe it or not, one of their relatives has asked if it’s possible to live in it after the new house (the blue one on the left) is finished.

This is the interior of the house as it was left by the building crew from the Port Lavaca church.

This is the interior of the house as it was left by the building crew from the Port Lavaca church.

The Port Lavaca church made these trusses and brought them down to the Valley.  Prior to that, the congregation was invited to share a prayer with the owners of the new home.

The Port Lavaca church made these trusses and brought them down to the Valley. Prior to that, the congregation was invited to share a prayer with the owners of the new home.

Joe and Chris unloading sheetrock - we carried in 60 today, and hung about 40.

Joe and Chris unloading sheetrock – we carried in 60 today, and hung about 40.

Mike, Joe, and Steve spent most of the day hanging the ceiling.  Here, I'm trying not to get in their way.

Mike, Joe, and Steve spent most of the day hanging the ceiling. Here, I’m trying not to get in their way.

Laura hanging board.

Laura hanging board.

Lindsay asked Gabe if he would teach her a little bit about working with the electric system.  This is lesson 1.

Lindsay asked Gabe if he would teach her a little bit about working with the electric system. This is lesson 1.

Sean is taking care of business in the rafters.

Sean is taking care of business in the rafters.

Bob puts the finishing touches on a new water heater (in this climate, you can keep them outdoors).

Bob puts the finishing touches on a new water heater (in this climate, you can keep them outdoors).

The fastest hammer in Texas…it's just a blur when my arm gets swinging!

The fastest hammer in Texas…it’s just a blur when my arm gets swinging!

Marla makes a new friend.

Marla makes a new friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Texas Mission – The 2014 Work Begins

  1. My back hurts just thinking about the ceiling drywall! Keep up the good work… Lindsay, if Gabe says, “hold these TWO wires”… Whtever you do, DON’T! Haha.. Keeping you guys in prayer… Peace, G

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