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About those lights

There’s a saying that “Teamwork makes the Dream work”. And the last two weeks of our project, was a definite Teamwork effort! There were 91 street lamps that needed to be taken down, cleaned, painted, and reinstalled. It seemed pretty massive – but with all four of us working on it, we did indeed make the ‘dream work’!
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I was working on the clean-up of the fixtures, Tamara was in charge of shining up the globes, Art was painting, and Gary was getting the wiring all ready to go! Once we had a batch ready to be reinstalled, the teams just moved to the outside!
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Never underestimate the value of a trusty hander-upper, tool-getter, ladder-holder, I say!
Just a word or two about the different techniques on getting those lamps back up:
Some were easy-peasy-
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Some were a little more challenging-
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and some had obstacles that needed to be overcome.
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But when Gary started balancing on the railing….
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we knew it was time to pull out the big guns!
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Yes indeed, it was Teamwork
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that made this dream work!
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Sabbath Rest – The Everlasting Love of God

This past week was Sing! Global 2021: Singing through the Ages , which is an amazing gathering of musicians and theologians organized by Keith & Kristyn Getty (Getty Music).  I can only imagine the worship that must have filled those halls!!! While I’m highlighting the first song on this video, I encourage you to listen to the whole thing – I know you’ll be blessed!

The Everlasting Love of God
Matt Boswell & Matt Papa

How vast the everlasting love of God
How sure and faithful as the morning
This love so great for us could never fail
Nor end, for it had no beginning

How strong the Father’s beating heart for us
What mercy runs to meet the sinner
As rivers yearn to reach the lowest place
His grace shall flow to me forever
Oh, the everlasting love of God
It shall ever be my song
So immense and free; more than life to me
The everlasting love of God

How great and precious my Redeemer’s blood
How pure the passion of the Savior
My sins are drowned beneath this mighty flood
My soul is swept away with wonder

Oh, the everlasting love of God
It shall ever be my song
So immense and free; more than life to me
The everlasting love of God

How deep the measure of the Spirit’s work
Who dwells, who seals the promise
God’s love through time and all eternity
Shall stand and we shall stand upon it
What now could separate us from it?

Oh, the everlasting love of God
It shall ever be my song
So immense and free; more than life to me
The everlasting love of God
Oh, the everlasting love of God
It shall ever be my song
So immense and free; more than life to me
The everlasting love of God
The everlasting love of God

Texas Interval

Although we won’t be doing an official SOWER project next month, it’s not really going to be one of those sit-back-and-relax months. It’ll be full of airplane rides, meetings, quilts, grandboys, and chickens. (Check out the “So Where are We Now” page for more details on that!)

But before we get started on that, here’s a little slide show of our trip from New Life Ranch, Frontier Cove (NW of Tulsa) to the SOWER Office (90 miles east of Dallas)) via Yukon, OK (just a bit west of Oklahoma City). The Yukon “via” enabled us to connect with friends from our ‘previous lifetime’ whom we hadn’t seen since we waved good-bye from the church parking lot in August ’04! So sweet to catch up with them!

Helper

This week we continued on with the streetlight refurbish project. Tuesday, as we were starting to install the beautifully refreshed lights
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I noticed that we had an extra helper.
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“Watcha doin’?”
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“Are you sure you want to put it that way?”
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“No….a little more to the right!”
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“If you’re not going to take my advice, I might as well just go on my way!”
It was fun having you along, but guess we’ll just have to muddle along with the two of us!
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The Home Stretch

It seems to always sneak up on me. Do we really have just a week left at this project? What exactly have we been doing for the last two weeks?
Inquiring minds want to know, right?

First of all – they let me drive a golf cart!
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Kinda crazy, right? Tamara and I were tasked with checking out the curtains in each building to see if they needed to be replaced. We had our clipboard and a master key, and we were off! It was so fun exploring all those cool buildings, especially since while a building might look like this on the outside
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it might look like this on the inside.
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Or this!
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Or even this!
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We also did a some post-retreat cleaning and laundry, so there was a nice variety to our work week.
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Sweeping away the spider webs on the outside
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and lots of fun games on the inside!
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And laundry. There is always laundry!

 

 

 

 

While we were scooting about in that golf cart or chasing down spider webs, the guys were working on replacing a set of porch posts that were beginning to show some serious wear.
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They weren’t replacing them with such fancy posts (think $$$), but rather something that would last, look pretty good and ALSO hold up the porch!
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Once the lights and corbels were back in place, those new posts seemed to fit right in!
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Seeing the ‘big picture’!
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Great job, guys!

But of course that only took the first week! After that they moved to disassembling/refurbishing/repainting/whatever was needed to some outside lights!
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And when I say ‘some’ I really mean between 80 and 100!! They all needed to be taken down, cleaned up, repainted, rewired and then reinstalled!
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They were working on batches of about 20 and pulled us girls off the golf cart to give them a hand!
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This apparently is the face you make when you’re learning how to strip wires!
There were globes to wash
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and plenty of spray painting and rewiring to be done.
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My job was to do the pre-painting clean-up, which did involve some live spiders and even some old wasp nests.
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No pictures of the actual cleaning, and no screams with the creepy crawly things, I’m happy to report!
The guys were able to get the first two batches back on their posts
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and when we checked out the finished result later that evening –
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my, they looked purty!!
With just four days to go, we’re hopeful to get another 40 down, refurbished, and back up! Although it seems that every time we turn around we’re finding more of them!

This is an amazing facility that New Life Ranch has only owned for the last three years. (Previously it had been “Dry Gulch, USA” , a ministry site from a large Tulsa Church that included not only a summer camp, but also a hugely popular Christmas Train.)  Although it’s always been a Gospel-centered camp, New Life Ranch is working hard to re-mold it into their ministry model! It’s been very exciting to be part of the process.  The train was sold before New Life purchased the property, but the rest of the campus is still largely the same! Here’s an older video from the “Dry Gulch, USA” days.

Thanks for coming along for the recap of the last couple of weeks. Man, they go by fast!
Steph