|UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La. Photo: UMCOR Sager Brown|
September 18, 2013
Carl and I are in our sixth week at UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana, and we are seriously considering writing a book. Just kidding…but the whole experience has been wonderful and full of inspirational stories from so many fantastic volunteers who have come here to serve. By the time we leave next Friday there will have been approximately 300 volunteers on campus, who have given special meaning to our mission experience here.
In addition to Heart and Hand Home Repair in the community, the kit ministry is in full swing at the UMCOR depot every day. There are a number of different kits made at Sager Brown, which include health, birthing, bedding, layette, sewing, cleaning buckets, etc. Since we have been here, we have sent one container (an 18-wheeler trailer) of supplies to Angola. It contained 11,424 health kits, 700 bedding kits, and 3,360 birthing kits, for a total weight of 38,540 pounds.
|Henry Heaton, a volunteer, assembles health kits for shipment. Photo: J. Santiago|
We always have a prayer of blessing around the container right before the truck pulls out of the depot...very awesome!!!
|A group of volunteers assemble to pray for a shipment about to depart UMCOR Sager Brown. |
Photo: UMCOR Sager Brown
Carl has been doing service projects in the community and is staying very busy. One man could not come home from the rehab hospital until a wheelchair ramp was constructed at his home. Carl and some other volunteers made it happen. Another lady had holes in her floor so that daylight was clearly visible. She was so pleased after the repairs were completed, because for the first time in many years, she can have a Christmas tree in her house. We will never lack for community service jobs in the Sager Brown area. Between the poverty, hurricanes, and the destructive nature of rain, there will always be work to do here.
We only have one more week of service here. We will be heading back to Texas for a few days, and then we will be starting a NOMADS mission experience, October 7-27, at The Methodist Children's Home. We have told our adult kids (and grandkids) we will definitely be home by Thanksgiving.
Sending you all our very best,
Carl and June Coleman
United Methodist Individual Volunteers
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