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New Life Community Church

Serving In Gulf Coast
June 10, 2022
Community: Lake Charles
Partner: Mount Olive Baptist Church
Staff: Emma Wiering

Day #1!

by Emily Gatewood | June 11, 2022 10:02 AM

We are so excited to kick off the first day as we eat breakfast together while receiving an encouraging word from Pastor Doug! 

Day #1!

On the Roof!

by Emily Gatewood | June 11, 2022 2:31 PM

Over here at Mount Olive Baptist Church, we have half of our team serving on the roof! As this is a very important job for damage control, we have a very hard-working group patching up our local church in Lake Charles. 

On the Roof!

Pulling up Flooring

by Justin Jones | June 12, 2022 8:45 AM

We have been busy pulling up the floor in the family life center. The floor was damaged during the hurricanes. We are pulling everything up, buffing it, and making sure it is ready for new flooring. 

Pulling up Flooring

Sunday Worship

by Emma Wiering | June 12, 2022 8:02 PM

This morning we attended our host partner Mount Olive Baptist Church. Following a wonderful worship led by the church’s praise team, Pastor Doug had the opportunity to preach for the congregation. After the service, we got started back on work projects.

Sunday Worship

Back to Work

by Emma Wiering | June 12, 2022 8:08 PM

After our church service this morning we resumed our projects from Saturday. A group of us were back on the roof clearing debris, patching leaks, and leveling a caved-in area. Another group was back removing the old damaged floors. 
Back to Work

Priming the Roof

by Emma Wiering | June 13, 2022 11:55 AM

This morning we were back on the roof at Mount Olive Church. After all the dips and holes were sealed or repaired, we were able to start the next phase. We mixed up the primer, then began to pour and spread it with rollers. Lucky for us we have a little camp set up on top of the roof to get shade from the sun. 

Priming the Roof

Patching Holes

by Emma Wiering | June 13, 2022 12:11 PM

We’ve been working hard to fix uneven areas on the roof. Some spots require more time than others, such as the part that had a tree growing out of it. After these repairs are made with new shingles, we cover them with primer and sealant to prevent any more leaks.

Patching Holes

Family Life Center

by Emma Wiering | June 13, 2022 9:49 PM

We continued scraping away the old flooring in the family life center at Mount Olive Church. After all the flooring is swept up, we make the concrete floors as smooth as possible by buffing them. Even though this is a repetitive task, we are making great progress!

Family Life Center

Another Day on the Roof

by Emma Wiering | June 14, 2022 11:45 AM

Today we began sealing the roof. We used buckets of a white silicone sealant and spread it out with paint rollers. We will do 2 coats of this to make sure there are no more leaks at the church! 

Another Day on the Roof

Basketball

by Emma Wiering | June 14, 2022 7:48 PM

Once we get back from dinner the boys always start a game of basketball. Somehow they still have enough energy to play after working all day. 

Basketball

Most Important Meal of the Day

by Emma Wiering | June 15, 2022 8:11 AM

Every morning a small group of our team has been starting their day about an hour and a half early, they have been cooking hot breakfast every day!! They cook for around 70 people every morning. This morning we had breakfast tacos! 

Most Important Meal of the Day

Devotions

by Emma Wiering | June 15, 2022 10:33 AM

Every morning after breakfast we start off the day by reciting Titus 3:10-11 and devotions. This time is led by Pastor Doug. It’s always a great way to start the day before our work projects. 

Devotions

Swiper, No Swiping!

by Emma Wiering | June 16, 2022 7:39 AM

After church on Sunday the game began. Each team member was given either a black or a red playing card, that determined the team they were on. The cards had to be clipped onto our water bottles at all times. Throughout the week our goal was to steal the other team's cards as stealthily as possible. If they caught us taking a card, we had to give it back.

Swiper, No Swiping!

Relaxing after Hard Work

by Emma Wiering | June 16, 2022 7:47 AM

After we finished all of the work projects Wednesday morning, we packed up and had a little relaxation. We headed over to a pool at a friend of Pastor Dougs’ for the afternoon. We enjoyed getting to take a few hours to relax before we hit the road back to Palestine. 
Relaxing after Hard Work

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