Friday, December 2, 2016

There's Nothing Stronger Than The Heart Of A Volunteer!

I'm reminded this week of a James Doolittle quote, "There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer."  Volunteers are the backbone of Camp Evergreen.  We simply could not achieve the level of ministry that we do without the countless hours of individual volunteers.  Often words don't feel adequate, but thank you very much!

It would have been nice to have our home build volunteers come at the beginning of November when the temperatures were well above freezing.  Next week the forecast is for well below freezing!  Alvin, Peter and Don showed up Thursday morning in spite of the snow, and were hard at work laying down the plywood for the floor.  They call it sheeting - I immediately thought of a prank Lawrence and I did once at camp in Texas...  The guys even had the leaf blower out blowing snow!

Kevin (second time this week), Kurt and Barry joined us Friday morning.  Barry was giving us a little extra power by hooking up the construction panel.  We have volunteers lined up all next week (in spite of the forecast) but still need more the following week (Dec 12-16) in order to take the homes to lock up.  Please contact camp for more information.

Its been a busy week here on the house build with our framers starting first thing Monday morning.  I was very excited when the first part of the first beam went up!  As our two lead framers are Scott and Brian, I was tempted to say something about "beam me up Scotty" - but I stopped myself just in time.  Scott and Brian are great to work with.

The gas line went in Wednesday and one of my highlights this week was watching the "concert" between Rolf in his Cat and Kevin in his Skid Steer.  Rolf was pushing back fill forward from the huge pile so Kevin could place it in the garage.

Craig and Jordan were here on Thursday, this time putting in window wells.  Craig looks like he's having as much fun with a hammer drill as he has in the mini excavator!

Remember the horses from two blogs ago?  As we continue grow, our current capacity is not only being stretched in buildings, but in our program as well.  Let me introduce you to Zanza (age 5) on the left and Pacha (age 6) on the right.  These are friendly Fjords, who according to the wranglers are just a little bit lazy!

And for those of you wondering if it snowed here at has!  I always like how the first snow falls make things very peaceful here at camp.

Thanks again for your support.

Bob "Ranger" Kroeker
Executive Director

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