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What will we be doing?
You'll do whatever amount of light construction you're comfortable with. Our primary tool is a drill, either cordless or corded. We use them to screw everything together, and when we're not using screws we're using bolts that need a hole drilled first. The work occasionally calls for a circular saw or other power tools, but if you're not comfortable or familiar with those, you won't be asked to use them.
What should we bring?
It's very useful, but not required, to bring a drill, either corded (with an extension cord) or cordless. Any other woodworking tools you want to use are quite welcome, but we'll have at least one of everything needed at the build site. If you've tender hands you might want to bring gloves . You're welcome to bring something to drink .
What should we wear?
This is light construction work. Dress comfortably for the outdoors, and expect to get dirty and sweaty.
A story from Texas Ramp
Changing a LifeSimple
by Rev. Phillip Fenton
Shes never outside anymore. This was a comment made by a church member in reference to a lady who lives directly across the street from the church I serve. Used to, shed be out every dayat the mailbox or in her flower garden. I wonder whats happened.
We found out. She wasnt outside anymore because she couldnt get outside. A debilitating illness had left her wheelchair-bound. She needed a ramp, plain and simple.
And it really is that simple. Sometimes you dont have to go across town or across the country. You simply need to look out your window to find need. She couldnt afford to have a ramp built, but the solution was simple: We could respond with resources of time, materials and labor. And in three short hours her life was changed foreversimple!
The folks at St. Pauls consider it all joy to be participants in the hopeful work of the Texas Ramp Project. We have just completed ramp No. 10. Were discovering that the need is extensive in our county and are looking forward to the growth of this ministry.
Rev. Fenton is pastor of St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham, Texas.