Hello, everyone! I just wanted to do a quick post to let everyone know that here in the Midwest we are busy sandbagging. Flooding is a big concern here, and tonight will be our third evening of sandbagging around our house. Surely tonight will be the night that we get that wall of sandbags high enough! Please pray that the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers crest soon.
No time to load photos today, but I did want to share five highlights with you:
1. Friends and Neighbors who come to help in time of trouble: I can't tell you how thankful I am for all the helpers who came. A big shout-out to the kids and leaders from the Youth: Next Generation group who came to help as well as students from my daughter's math classes! You are the best!
2. Someone who has been there: Especially touching was the gal who came to help sandbag whose own house was under water! She lost her battle, but set about helping others fight theirs.
3. Old friends who bring food: Friends I hadn't seen in years drove by our house and saw all the sandbagging activity. They came back bringing gifts of food but more importantly showing their care and concern.
4. A super-duper sump pump: Once the sandbag levees are built, a sump pump is needed to pump out any water that seeps through. The little one we were using just couldn't keep up. Even though we were sure there were none available, we called Rental Land and a big one was there waiting for us to rent it. We were amazed because whole communities around us are being deluged with flood waters. We didn't see how there could be any available pumps to rent or buy, but God had reserved us one!
5. Knowledgeable and caring officials: our assistant fire chief came and taught us how to sandbag and then worked right alongside us. The best part was after the last sandbag had been placed for the night, he led us in prayer asking for God's protection. One of our youth helpers whispered, "Hey, I can really feel God's presence in that prayer."
If you'd like to join in and share your week, head over to Susanne's blog, Living to Tell the Story.