Work. “Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.”
There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
~Henry FordOur church mission team went to New Orleans in 2010 and 2011 to help with the ongoing efforts to rebuild homes after Katrina. Over those two years, we worked on four homes and a daycare center. It was immensely satisfying work. It was especially gratifying when we met the homeowners and families, the daycare center director, teachers and adorable children, who benefitted from the work we did. They were so thankful and excited to have the work progress.I have three photos from one home we worked on. Three friends and I spent the entire week sanding and re-mudding the daughter’s bedroom. A shady contractor had done a terrible drywall job, leaving 1/4″- 1/2″ thick, lumpy drywall mud in places in the home; then left with the homeowner’s money without finishing the work to repair the entire home.This photo shows my friend applying new drywall mud after we’d sanded the entire bedroom and patched many places the previous contractor had not.
The homeowner showed us where the water level from Katrina came well above the window sill. The family had slept in this, their new home, only one night before Katrina hit and they had to evacuate.In this photo you can see my friends in the background and me (foreground), sanding drywall.
In the photo below, my friends are chiseling and chopping mortar off bricks and then stacking them for reuse.
For a week I did some of the hardest physical work I’ve ever done. I feel very blessed to be able to help those in need in New Orleans.
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