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Saturday – August 17, 2013

Ecclesiastes 3:13 – And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.

After laboring all week in the kitchen, the ladies get a break from cooking Saturday morning when Thomas gets the men to cook breakfast.  The men keep it simple but delicious with eggs, bacon and toast.

Men's Breakfast

Once breakfast is complete, the team gets together and decides to go to the Mammoth Cave National Park for the day.  It’s almost two hours away but the experience is well worth it and the group has a great time.

Mammoth Cave

Overall, the week was a huge blessing for all that went and everyone helped out however they could.  We will definitely miss the children and they will have a special place in our hearts.  For more information on the home and current activities, please visit the Galilean Children’s Home website.

The Group

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Friday – August 16, 2013

Psalms 90:12 – So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

This week has just flown by! Today the work team completed the work on the warehouse reorganization and had a chance to load up a number of extra medical accessories such as walkers, crutches and wheelchairs on a truck to donate to a local organization that could use them.

Donation

Thomas and his team complete the work on the drainage project by building a rock area for the water to diffuse.  Following that they rake the ground that was moved and then re-seed as necessary.

Drainage Project

In the evening, the team heads to Dawn’s house with the children from the home for a BBQ cookout.  Following a delicious meal, we spend time together discussing the week and sing a number of songs to finish off the night.

Thursday – August 15, 2013

Galatians 6:9 – And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Today each part of the team continues working on their respective areas, men are both working at the warehouse and on the drainage project while the ladies cook for both the home as well as for the school.  The progress on the warehouse is slightly delayed as the home receives another large donation of diapers but they continue to pull out equipment and re-organize.  Thomas and his team are able to fill the rest of the trenches in the drainage project and gets closer to completion.

At the end of the day, the team along with a number of children from the home head to the Bread of Life Café for supper.  After a filling supper and a visit to the gift shop, we head back to the Galilean home to the log cabin and see Sandy’s grave.  Jerry built the cabin while his wife Sandy was still living and unfortunately, she passed away before he was able to complete it and move in.  Her grave is in the backyard and it gives the Galilean children time to cherish the memories they spent with Sandy while giving us a perspective of how much she meant in their lives.

Jerry's Cabin

Wednesday – August 14, 2013

Today was the first morning where the weather really cooled off and most came to breakfast with sweaters on! After breakfast, the part of the team that worked on the picnic pavilion is sent to the warehouse to organize all the equipment.  With all the donations that the Galilean Home receives, the warehouse can quickly become filled and disorganized.

Warehouse

Mike is sent off to the main office to fix some computer issues while Thomas and his team continue working on the drainage system.  They expand the trench to be able to collect water from multiple sections from the front of the home.

Drainage Project

Drainage Project

Carson

The end of the day activities were going to Dawn’s house for the evening while Thomas and Jeff go fishing with the young ones.  We were able to see some of the puppies that Dawn’s boys, Devan and Jesse, are raising, explore the farm and enjoy some blueberry crisp.

Tuesday – August 13, 2013

Following a delicious breakfast of pancakes, the work team gets working on the picnic pavilion as well as the drainage system.  The work on the picnic pavilion goes quicker than planned and by lunch time, the job is complete with the exception of the cleanup.

Picnic Pavilion

Thomas and his crew continue working on the drainage project while Mike is sent off to do some tune-up work on Dawn’s computers for her home and the volunteers.

Drainage Project

After dinner, the team headed to Horse and Buggy Country Inn, a bed and breakfast owned by Jerry’s daughter, to watch a film about the history of the Galilean Home and how Jerry and Sandy Tucker dedicated their lives to helping the lives of others.

Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

Monday – August 12, 2013

The first day of real work begins!  The ladies have already been helping with the cooking but the men have been itching to get the work projects started.  Due to not having the excavator available to dig trenches for the drainage project, the team gets started on the picnic pavilion.  The main goal is to put up sheet metal on the ceiling to prevent birds from roosting.  This was causing a problem for the home as the birds would excrete waste all over the tables in the pavilion.  The home would be required to constantly clean it whenever they required use of the pavilion.

Picnic Pavilion

In the afternoon, Thomas was able to get the excavator and works on the trenches for the drainage system that will help funnel excess water near the main home to the surrounding forest.

Trench

At the end of the day, the team spends time with the people from the home while the ladies prepare the Awareness Dinner.  The Awareness Dinner gives the work team an opportunity to personally experience the disabilities that some of the children at the home deal with on a regular basis.  Each of the team had to pick a disability from a bowl and then had to be either blind, mute, quadriplegic (paralyzed from neck down), amputee (no leg) or no hands.  You really don’t know what you’re missing until you don’t have it!

Mike and Effie

Brenda feeding Becca

Marlin and Dana

After dinner, we enjoyed brownies with ice cream and hot fudge followed by a game of Big Dutch Blitz.

Big Dutch Blitz

Sunday – August 11, 2013

The ACC work group and Kitchener CFG enjoy a delicious breakfast of baked oatmeal with fresh fruit.  I’ve never had oatmeal taste so good!  Shortly after breakfast, we head into the chapel for singing and a sermon by Thomas Nitz.

After the service, the home provides a tour of the Angel House and Blessing House to everyone.  The Angel House houses toddler and babies for incarcerated mothers and parents that are not able to provide proper care for their young ones.  The Blessing House provides a home for children and adults that have special needs.

Once the tour is finished, the Kitchener CFG packs up their bags and gets ready to head home.  They first eat lunch to prepare for the 10+ hour journey and then say goodbye to the work team.  The rest of the day is free time and the team takes the opportunity to relax and spend time with residents of the home.