Everyday in Joplin there are some volunteers who head back to their respective states and new groups of volunteers coming in. Yesterday we finished clearing out a very damaged church for demolition today.
My typical day looks something like this. At around 7:15am we have breakfast and leave the church we’re staying in at around 8am. Then we head out into the field. As I mentioned in previous posts, we have around 50 volunteers a day. We are usually spit into about four or five teams. Each team is assigned a certain task or job to do for the day.
Around noontime lunch is served. We usually go under a big tent or find some shade by a standing tree and enjoy our lunch. The afternoon is variable. Some people stay as long as they can until the work for the day is over. Others find they have to return to the church we’re staying at because they feel ill due to the excessive heat.
Those who are able to continue working finish up lunch and continue the labor until about 4 or 5pm. At around 5:30pm we gather for dinner. After dinner it depends on what people want to do. Some people gather together to talk. Others turn in early to get plenty of rest for the day ahead. Basically anything after dinner is our free time.
I then turn in at my little quarters with 10 other men and fall asleep before getting up the next morning to do it all again. I’m still enjoying every minute of it.
Today a crane came and it is breaking down the church we’ve been clearing out. Once the debris is cleared away, the area will be a vacant lot, ready for rebirth and new hope.
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