We had a family Thanksgiving, but with another’s family. We spent the day with the pastor of the local church where we are about to work. We were joining his 2 daughters, 2 grandsons, and 2 dogs so it was quite informal. On our way back to the motorhome, we stopped with his daughters to see a group of manatees that had come into a nearby shallow channel for warmth. These gentle giants are sensitive to water temperatures, and the north wind has caused cooler air and water temps.
Friday we got a good look at the facilities here, and reviewed the listing of work to be done. There will be lots of painting (which is common) but also some light carpentry and plumbing to keep things interesting. We also drove around the area to get our bearings. We watched the surfers on the
found the big RonJon surf shop, and got some fresh citrus at a local orchard.
Another local church has a history of setting up a large living Nativity display. On Saturday, members of 4 or 5 local churches came together to assist with its setup. We went with Dr. Joe to help them. The first of our co-workers also arrived here about mid-day. Judie has been traveling solo in her 13 ft Scamp trailer. She's living fulltime in this rig - amazing!
After attending Dr Joe’s early service on Sunday and having an early lunch, we were back in time to welcome the last members of our team: Bill and Ogie, from
Tom and Evelyn whose address is the same as ours (just a file cabinet or two
away) but originally from Kansas. Hawaii,
We've now worked one day - the women painted one room in the Sunday School area and the men are working at the parsonage. We'll be busy for the next 3 weeks!
Now it is time to get back to work.