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A group of fourteen Old Order Amish from Indiana arrived at Bethel Camp early Monday afternoon. They came to our rescue, on rather short notice, after the group previously scheduled was unable to come. After a quick lunch, the Indiana group was ready to jump right in to working at jobs that afternoon.

The group, which included several teenagers, worked hard all week at five different locations. Some of the group installed rafters and metal sheeting on the Mountain View Road home. The owner was delighted with the completed job. Others installed the kitchen cabinets and countertop at house #1. Some of the group worked at house #2. They installed the shower, sink and all the bathroom fixtures. They hooked up the heater and installed insulation. Both house #1 and house # 2 are ready for the owners to move in.   We also continued to work in House #9. Some of the group installed all the flooring, beadboard, baseboard, two exterior doors and painted all the rooms inside the house. Most importantly, this group developed good rapport with the owner. At house #10, they completed the flooring, installed trim work and baseboard and painted the entire inside of the trailer with the owner’s colors. This house is also nearing completion and the owner is getting anxious to move back in.

The cooks treated the crew with hot chocolate and cookies, a well-earned reward, on Friday. Though we had no crew leaders this week, project director, Fred, was able to organize and successfully arrange the groups so that a great amount of work was completed.

When asked the highlight of the week, one of the group members commented that seeing the progress of the work throughout the week was a great satisfaction.

Submitted by the eastern Kentucky team

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