Mission Updates – Sager Brown Update #5

Here’s the Thursday evening update from our Sager Brown Mission Team:

This is Elaine Utgaard with Thursday’s update from Sager Brown (they finally let me write one). Our team is feeling good about our work here, but at the same time starting to feel sad about leaving tomorrow.

In the morning a small group had the opportunity to visit Chez Hope, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. While there, they had a tour of the facility and helped to sort bags of donated clothing for the center.

Our ramp team and the rest of their team completed the ramp at the first house in the morning. After lunch a new ramp crew joined the team to build the framework for a second ramp, which will be installed next week by the team arriving after us.

Our painting team started work on a second room, and they are hoping to finish that job up tomorrow.

The bucket brigade in the depot continued to verify and reseal flood buckets. We were able to finish 109 in the morning and 104 in the afternoon (the morning buckets were pre-opened for us, so the work went a little faster).

We finished off the day with a Vespers Service that is a tradition at Sager Brown. Our youth contributed their musical talents (really?). The service always includes a time of sharing and a Communion service. It is always a blessing to share in this time with all the participants from the other groups.

This is our last communication from Sager Brown. We will finish up our last half day of work in the depot and painting job on Friday and head home.

I am grateful for our team (SUMC youth rock, and the adults are okay, too). I am grateful for all of your support that makes this trip possible. See you soon.

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About Neil Mickelson

I am a husband, father, consultant, and part-time geek. I've been a member of Sterling UMC for more than 10 years, and I've served on the Staff-Parish Relations Committee (2012-2014) and am currently chairing the IT Committee.