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NOMADS, a United Methodist Committee on Relief Mission

What can nine old Methodists accomplish in a few weeks? We spent three weeks in Lake Worth and Delray Beach FL working with seven other people performing volunteer work for the community. None of our group’s members worked together before this period but we melded wonderfully. We accomplished a tremendous amount of much-needed work.

Who are NOMADS? NOMADS stands for Nomads On a Mission Active in Divine Service – NOMADS provide volunteer labor for United Methodist organizations. NOMADS demonstrate God’s love through our work and by listening to the people with whom we work. We do new construction, remodeling, and repairs for churches, children’s homes, camps, colleges, outreach missions and disaster recovery. Team members do maintenance, cleaning, organizing, painting, electrical, drywall, sewing, flooring. NOMADS do it all!

We work three-week sessions in a location and can choose from sessions all over the country. Some joke NOMADS are Numerous Old Methodists Avoiding Deep Snow. It’s true we can find work locations with good weather most of the year. So we prefer to think of NOMADS as Numerous Old Methodists Actually Doing Something. And NOMADS provides us retirement with a purpose!

Look at this sampling of what our team accomplished over the past three weeks in Palm Beach County at two locations:

Week 1
Painted courtyard walls and kitchen wall behind fridge
Stuffed newsletter mailings
Replaced damaged section of kitchen floor
Replaced hardware and gaskets in bathrooms
Cleaned shelves, walls, ceiling fans, lights, conduit, vent covers, floor fans
Cleaned up, mowed, pruned, weeded, edged, lawn
Prepared meals and served beverages
Cleaned and repaired commercial food warming trays
Sorted meds and first aid supplies
Painted kitchen, restrooms, pot wash room, double doors, stage floor and front
Packaged and distributed meats and produce to clients
Adjusted brakes on client’s bicycle
Replaced safety ropes by bike rack
Unloaded frozen chicken from delivery truck

Repaired stall doors and repainted
Repaired plaster at window
Painted doors, stalls, arch
Power-washed cans, mats, and cooler shelves
Painted cooler shelves
Washed storage bins and rearranged storage
Moved all chairs and tables to outside, scrubbed clean
Swept, mopped, stripped and waxed dining room
Cleaned kitchen vent
Replaced cooler shelves and restocked
Cleaned and organized paper storage closet
Inventoried and organized “flood buckets”
Sanded and second-coated double doors
Planned and estimated materials for fence and gate

Scrubbed, primed, and painted north wall of fellowship hall
Repainted large entrance sign
Set fence and gate posts
Installed braces for pan shelving
Painted second coat on stage front
Removed and replaced jalousie window with double-hung hi-impact
Emptied walk-in cooler and cleaned floor, replaced all contents
Checked and re-lamped exterior security lighting
Packaged health kits and distributed to clients
Removed damaged refrigerator to curb from client’s house

CROS Ministries (Christians Reaching Out to Society) and Caring Kitchen are wonderful agencies providing for a multitude of Palm Beach County’s needy people. We are privileged to have worked so closely with them these past three weeks doing anything the agencies asked of us. And it was a wide variety of services! We will look forward to our next mission trip with NOMADS.

Jim and Debbie

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