(this photo was taken at the Hoover Dam Saturday)
It was a long, over booked, red eye flight home! Some of us got some sleep, some of us did not! But, we were thankful that all our luggage got through and none was lost. It was wonderful to see Lisa Holding standing right outside with the church van waiting for us! Then we got to the van, and see Betty Thompson inside with coffee and donuts! What a blessing to a tired, weary team! I think we got to actually appreciate humidity, as where we were on the reservation, it is very dry and had times it was windy and kicked up the dust and sand outside. We also dealt with the dust from all the construction inside and had respiratory congestion, dry lips and bloody noses. The moisture in the air has helped some of that already!We really did finish on Friday. The men started gathering their tools and packing them in the suitcases they were brought in. Mel and I finished painting the church sign when Pastor Edison's sister, Jamie came in to see Mel. She saw us working on the sign. She said that the 3 years that her brother was the Pastor at the church, she never noticed the sign. She saw the times of the services on the sign were not correct. I said to her,"Well, that is the times that were origionally on the sign. But tell us the correct times and we will repaint them on the sign." So thankful that the Lord brought her in at that time, so the sign would be correct and will then be visible to the community.
Jamie brought their native dress and showed Mel and I their native dance and some of their customs and traditions. Mel got to spend more time with the Pastor, his wife Debbie and Jamie, And through teaching the women crocheting, they developed a bond with them that was an encouragement to them.
Friday evening we used to wind down, clean up and pack up. We went down to the lodge to have some dessert and had the same waitress we had when we met with our Hopi friends and she is a believer. We have encountered several people that we had some impact on people our week in Peach Springs and Kingman.
Austin knocking on the wrong door.
This is Walt's house & dog! We woke him up!
One person who we blessed and who blessed the socks off us, is Walt. We stopped by his house and gave him left over wires and things he could use as an electrician. We first knocked on the front door of the wrong house. We knew he had a red truck and there was a red truck in the driveway. We almost left the box of supplies & thank you card when someone spotted a house down the street with a red truck. So, we drove down and it was the right house! Whew!!
We got to give him the card and supplies directly! We all got to see him one more time and thanked him. We invited to come to PA sometime.
We got on America's Main St, Rte 66! We stopped in to make our last returns at Home Depot and Mel showed one of the employees that we have dealt with several times during the week, photos of what we were doing all week. He was amazed. I bet they rarely see a project that they contributed to!
We stopped again at the Hoover Dam where Marty arranged to meet a friend of his from San Diego to spend the day with us to be like tour guide for us and to get to know him. We spent most of the day at the Hoover Dam walking over the Mike O'Callahan & Pat Tillman Memorial bridge where the state line between Arizona & Nevada is in the middle. It gave you a breathtaking view of the Hoover Dam.
This is the view on top of the bridge, and the picktures below are from the road crossing the dam.
We took numerous photos of the Hoover Dam and enjoyed our day there. But we needed to head for the airport. We drove through the main route through downtown Las Vegas. We did stop and walked a bit and watched this beautiful water show.
We had more than our fill and headed for the airport for our journey home.
Jan Vogel-Manz for thr Davisville Arizona Team 2013.
Fran Branigan, Pat Piel, Marty Miller, Will & Melody Santiago, Austin Hall, Eric Schumann and Joe Chrostowski.
"I will praise You, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to Your Name, O Most High." Psalm 9:1,2.