Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Back to Minot

Last weekend Allan and I headed off to Minot again. It was our last big push to go down and help. Our Stake sent about 40-45 men and three women.

I think Allan had our cooking down to a science. I was amazed when we pulled into the Church parking lot at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. The parking lot of the Church had more tents than the last time we were there. Once again I was blown away by the enthusiasm of those who came to help. I know people think those of us from Winipeg travelled a long way, but we have a few that came out of one of our branches in Kenora, Ontario--that is east of Winnipeg, so they had to travel an additional 2 1/2 hours further each way than we did.

Allan had told everyone we would be serving breakfast from 6:00 to 7:00 on Saturday and we needed to get the camp stoves going and start cooking the french toast. The grapes were washed and clusters snipped. I was trying to be as quiet as possible and then I could hear some men in the tent next to the dining canopy SNORING AWAY and I mean really snoring ; ) I laughed and thought, why am I trying to be quiet??? If people can sleep through that they certainly aren't going to hear me ; )

Here are a few shots from Saturday morning.

Allan serving the french toast.

A couple of our Young Single Adults.

Picking up supplies to head out.

After we got everything cleaned up after breakfast we headed back to our hotel to make 45 lunches. We put 2 sandwiches in each lunch. It takes awhile to make 90 sandwiches ; ) It was easier than last time because we didn't put mayo or miracle whip on them--we had the little packets and put them in the lunches and they could use either mayo, miracle whip or mustard. We had turkey and cheese sandwiches and ham and cheese. I made the sandwiches and Allan assembled them all. We then grabbed our list of everyone's locations and headed out to deliver them. It is always interesting to try and find the location of where the teams are working--a GPS doesn't do you any good. We didn't bring our Garmin this time because so many of the streets were blocked off that we got tired of her saying RE-CALC-U-LA-TING in her snippy voice ; )

We had 4 teams. Unfortunately, I didn't get pictures of one group ; (

One of the pictures that shows how extensive the damage has been--I really admire those who have worked so hard to help.

Because we were not in Winnipeg for our Stake picnic, Allan decided to serve hamburgers and hot dogs like they would have had if they had been in Winnipeg. I think everyone enjoyed them. But, once again, I think everyone REALLY enjoyed the ice cream sandwiches. (It was fairly warm out so after working so hard something cool like ice cream was appreciated ; )

We had a couple of young men from Wyoming who worked with our group so, of course, we fed them.

One of our Branch Presidents showing his injury--he got a nail in his hand--OUCH!!!!

Sunday morning came rather quickly and we had the pancakes ready to go for 6:00. Church started at 7:00. It was an amazing meeting. There is something about sitting in the Chapel amongst a sea of yellow shirts. The Spirit is very strong and it is so powerful once the Opening Hymn begins. Heard a great talk by a young missionary serving there. Bro. and Sis. L who have been in charge of the command center also spoke. It was such a wonderful experience having an opportunity to get to know them and learn from them. They are GREAT.

Got the sandwiches delivered--a few mix-ups and so it took us a little longer than expected. We got back into Winnipeg around 6:00.

I am so grateful we had the opportunity to do this again. Being able to serve others is such a great blessing.


gigi said...

What an awesome service filled weekend! Love your pictures of the yellow shirts :)

Garden of Egan said...

That is so amazing! What a beautiful gift of hope that must be to those people. I can't believe the devastation.
You two are wonderful people!

Connie said...

You have had some great opportunities for service. I'm sure those who are working so hard love seeing your smiling faces and your bags of food!

It's amazing how much work needs to be done after a devastating flood!

ShEiLa said...

It really does warm my heart to see people helping each other when they need it most. Kudos to you and Allan for finding yourself in the midst of the service to your Minot family.


Heffalump said...

It's wonderful to see so much service being done. I'm glad you got a chance to go and help with the service there.

** Dre and Yoho ** said...

Oh Yvonne, I think it is just wonderful that so many including you have done such a great service to those in need. What an amazing thing!!!!!!!!!!!

I am certain that those whom you served loved the food, but especially loved seeing you and your sweet hubby. You two are just awesome.

Hugs to you. Natalie

Nancy Face said...

What a wonderful service opportunity!

Nancy Face said...

"We got tired of her saying RE-CALC-U-LA-TING in her snippy voice."

Gee whiz, this is SOOO TRUE!!!

kierste @ brown paper packages said...

What an amazing experience--for everyone involved.

Valerie said...

We call our Garmin... Doo-wanda and we have been known to tell her to quiet down. Yes, we talk to her like she's a real person. It's slightly scary!

I'm so glad you got to go to Minot again! Not only is it a great service opportunity, but a great missionary opportunity as well. The people there, I'm sure, certainly appreciate all you've done to help!