Workfest days start early. We are on the road by 8 A.M. That means dressing, showers, breakfast and then devotions before getting into the vans. Mondays are the days we start to know our teams. We do not work with our school teams but with teams made up of various school volunteers. Pam and I were on the Black Team. Looking back I feel fortunate to be a member of such a hard working and supportive team.
Our first worksite was sobering. The drive to the site was a ride through disaster. Each turn in the road revealed a different vista of destruction and loss. Towns were ripped apart, homes in the hills and hollows were flattened, people spoke quietly of community members who did not survive. Our first site was a brick home that still stood but which had everything in it destroyed. The roof had been sucked off and the tornado destroyed a life time of memories.
USF-Workfest 2012: Day Two: Black Team’s First Work Site
Our job was to remove all of the damaged material so that it could be carted off.
USF-Workfest 2012: Day Two: Working Inside and Out
As we worked it was eerie to see the sky by looking where the roof should have been. We removed clothing, wiring, furniture and mementoes. For the most part we worked in silence.
USF-Workfest 2012: Day Two: Yep, Doctor Lord is Working!
I like to say we all worked hard and in fact everyone did. That included Dr. Lord. However, I took a lot of video so while the rest of the team was sweating I was recording.
USF-Workfest 2012: Day Two: Collecting Personal Treasures
Throughout the week the students would find photographs of infants, diplomas, plaques that reminded them that this did not happen to people in the news. The precious memories reminded us that this disaster happened to very real people.
We had a nice surprise our first day out. We were invited by the local Free Will Baptist Church to a warm lunch. Chile, sandwiches, beans and desert tasted like a feast after such sobering work. Aftrwards we moved on to our second work site.
USF-Workfest 2012: Day Two, Site Two
The seond site was further in the country. We again put branches and trees in piles to be removed. We also collected bent metal. The houses, creeks and fields all needed our attention. It was amazing how quickly a group of laborers could clean up a site.
USF-Workfest 2012: Day Two, Site Three
Our third site was a home that was basically intact. However, the trees around the house had been ravaged. Our job was to remove branches that blocked a stream and burn the rubbish.
USF-Workfest 2012: Day Two: Clearing the Ford
Clearing the ford behind the home was important. The ford also served as a road for the neighbors car. Numerous times we would see a car driving through the water. We had to remove the branches so the ford did not flood.
USF-Workfest 2012:Day Two: A New Friend
In between the tree removal, the burning and the cutting we found a friend. We found a large spider minding it’s own business. It was a nice distraction!