Well, the summer has come to a close. The summer groups were great, with many projects completed. The Barber Shop has been started and is nearly complete. The foundation around the Wreck Center and exercise room has been completed and landscaped with stacked stone. The Treasure Chest is almost complete with the remodeling and hanging drywall on the ceiling “still needs to be finished if you have time.” The donated double wide for Camp Glory Farm has been set, but there is a lot to do on that. (Call with questions, PLEASE!) One yurt platform has been completed and has a Yurt is in place on it. There are just a few more things to do on that, and it will be ready to use. Sidewalks and waterproofing have been completed behind the Isley House (unit E) to prevent further water damage to the foundation. Permanent electrical has been completed to Dads Country Store, Chapel, and Wreck Center. And the exterior of the 929 property has been painted and restored along with the storage building that is there.
Needless to say, it has been a fairly exciting summer, and it looks like it will continue through the fall and winter. I would be lying to say it is not tiring with all of the projects, construction, grounds and building upkeep, traveling and everything else that ministry here requires, and believe me when I say it is difficult to not fall over with exhaustion. I think that I can speak for all of us when I say that. But with all of that said, Abbey and I and our three wonderful children had the fabulous opportunity to travel to Michigan and Indiana a few weeks ago. We were blessed to visit churches and speak on several occasions sharing with them how good and wonderful God truly is. These were churches that have been to SMH working on projects and a number of other things over the years. We also had an opportunity to visit friends and family while we were there. I think the most exciting thing of the trip was that every individual and church that we visited, shared with us the memories, games, and work that they had been a part of. But what blessed me more than anything is that every one of them had spiritual blessing that they received while here – through the quiet time, devotions, and prayer time. Spiritual renewal is always exciting, far more exciting than anything else that could ever take place.
Like I said earlier, I would be lying to say we don’t get weary. I think about Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” God knows when we are getting weary. Through the testimonies that I heard while traveling, I have been encouraged and energized so that I wouldn’t feel weary. God knew exactly who to place in our paths and gave them the words to say that would encourage us. Isn’t it wonderful to serve Him! He knows what we need when we need it. I would like to close by saying thank you all for you acts of labor of love toward Siloam and all of the staff, volunteers, and those that have lived here over the years. Don’t be weary or faint. This side of Glory you may never know the impact that you have had, but I can say as for me, You have been a blessing. Thank you for your dedication to our Savior and your giving heart. Keep up the great work that He will be glorified.