Thursday, January 17, 2008

Dan's Birthday and Habitat Visits

(Dauphin Island Campground, AL)

Yesterday was Dan's birthday. We drove to Gautier, MS and Biloxi, MS to visit the places he and Candy & Paul Stivers volunteered to help Habitat for Humanity efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. The first trip in February 2006 they stayed in dorms in Yankie Stadium which is a large athletic field not far from the Gulf Coast in Biloxi. They volunteered through the American Baptist Churches, USA, of which our church is a member. American Baptist Churches had an agreement with Habitat to provide volunteers. The Salvation Army also was set up at Yankie Stadium to provide meals and other resources for the workers, and they are still there. We saw 3 groups of volunteers on lunch breaks. Wish we had stopped and talked with them and taken their pictures.

The following pictures are of the houses in Gautier that Dan & the Stivers worked on during their first trip.

We shared Dan's birthday ribeye steak dinner with Larry & Phyllis back at our motorhome. He had phone calls from our kids all day, and especially enjoyed Elijah and Lucy wishing "PaPa" Happy Birthday.

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