The heat wave in Joplin reaches triple-digit temps every day. This has been the hottest week of the summer, so far. On Wednesday, our team headed back to Clara Childress’ home. Each day our team has worked from 8:30 a.m. to around 5 p.m.
Our team was able to hang vinyl siding on half the house and complete half of the new deck project. It is very probable that we will continue this project for the rest of the week. As we have worked, several vans have come by handing out sports drinks and frozen icy pops to volunteers. Those items really put smiles on our volunteers’ faces.
Our team met Clara Childress’ mother, Diane, who survived the tornado along with Clara by retreating into a bedroom closet. Diane shared with us that eight people from the neighborhood perished in the tornado. The Childress’ don’t believe in luck. They know that God was looking after them.
There will still be great need in Joplin after we head home. The rebuilding of this city will take months, if not years and the landscape will never be as it once was. There are many other stories like the one shared with us; many more homes and lives to rebuild.
It is a privilege to serve this community. We have two short days left and we plan to make the most of it.