Milwaukee 2 Update
We dodged the rain today. The forecast kept telling us that we would be stuck inside, however, the Lord opened up the skies and gave us a beautiful day of sunshine instead! This allowed us to be working outside the entire day. Pray that the same will happen tomorrow. Rain would make it difficult to find work for this many students indoors. Unless, God has something else planned for us, then just pray that we are able discern what that plan might be.
Frank’s Garage: In the last two days the students have finished the framing for the garage, and have also boarded up the entire frame. it is amazing what these students can accomplish when they are working together. While that is exciting, it has been even more fun watching the students interact with Frank’s sons. His two youngest sons have been outside for the last day and a half. The first half of Monday, they were quite unsure about our group of students, watching from the inside. Now, they are out all day, working alongside our students.
Public School: We had been told that we would be needed inside helping the teachers clear out the rooms and organize the rooms. We have not been inside yet. Our students have been working tirelessly clearing out tennis courts (believe it or not there is brush and even young trees (3-4 ft. high) growing from cracks in the tennis courts). They have mowed almost the entire property, and hopefully before the week is over will have the rest of the property finished. This has all been done with a push mower…for you parents that are wondering if your students can work hard, YES!
Adollum: In the last two days One room has been wired with electricity, stuffed with insulation, and completely dry walled. Three others have been sanded and mudded. They are ready for painting. We are not sure if we will have an opportunity to do so or not. There is three floors of work to be done, so we are ready to serve wherever we are most needed.
Racial segregation is a very big issue in Milwaukee. There are neighborhoods in complete poverty that butt up next to wealthy areas. These lines are rarely crossed. Our group is a very small part of this racial reconciliation process. But it is fun to watch happen. Pray for continued work to be done here, and for continued healing in the area for the city.