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We are currently in Moffett, OK where a historic flood damaged every home and building from major rains that happened upriver this summer.  We're rebuilding 3 homes and also helping others as we can, trusting The LORD to help us keep our commitments.  Unfortunately we've struggled to get volunteers, even locals to help us, which is truly sad.  We're set up to handle volunteers so if you're interested in learning more about joining us, click here.  There is also a volunteer availability calendar on that page. If you're interested in financially supporting Calvary Relief, click here.  

To read our 2019 Review, please click here. To stay up to date with what we're doing, please see our Facebook account and/or our newsletters, links are above.  Please pray that wherever we are and whatever we do, we'd be diligent as we share the love of Jesus with those around us in a tangible way.  Please remember to keep us in your prayers and especially that we'd grow in our relationship with The LORD and draw others to Him in all we say and do!  Curt & Mary Jo

Disaster Pastor

Curt Hencye

Summer Update-2021

It’s been a couple months since our last update, sorry.  It’s been hot mostly everywhere we’ve been serving since our last update.  We’ve gotten a few breaks in temps here and there, but mostly it’s been in the high 80’s to high 90’s for a while, with heat indexes close to 110!

 

The Mathews have moved back home.  The first night they stayed in their home, Pramod’s mom, in her 80’s, fell when getting out of bed, not being used to her surroundings.  She cracked some bones and was in a lot of pain and thankfully is mending well! 

 

Their main attic had a section that was about 4’ higher than the other, so they asked us to build some steps to get up and down.  Mary Jo and I were able to accomplish that!

 

Their shed was built by a local man who was able to build it for not much more than what we would’ve paid for materials, and he did a great job!  It still needed finished on the inside.  They needed electric, outlets, switches, lights, a work bench, shelving, hooks, and a ramp on the double doors.  Mary Jo and I also got all of that done for them.

 

We talked with a couple other homeowners who’ve asked for our help, but unfortunately since we aren’t getting any help locally or from afar, we’ve had to turn them down for what they need done.  I told them that if someone decides to help, we’d let them know and I told them what Mary Jo and I could do ourselves.  If we’re still here when those things are ready to be done, we’ll talk to them again about helping.  

 

We had a major storm come through the area and we lost power and our backup system worked flawlessly!  If you remember, it was destroyed in our trailer flood.  Our microwave clock never blinked and the AC kept running, so we were cool and could still watch TV!  What a blessing to not have to go out in a storm and set up a generator and then take it back down!

 

We did have half a huge tree come down in the yard next to Doug’s house.  Miraculously it didn’t touch his house, porch, or AC unit!  It certainly was close enough and should’ve damaged something.  Doug and I cleaned everything up.  This of course led me to get working on maintenance on our chainsaws.  We have 11 of them, so that’s a lot of work.  So far I’ve got 6 of them all working as they should, waiting on parts for one, and still have to get to the other 4!

 

We continue to work on maintenance items with all our equipment and tools.  I still haven’t crawled under the 5th wheel to finish putting it back together from our flood in February, but otherwise that job is complete!  The refrigerator upgrade we did last fall has held up well with the heat and humidity.  

 

We had issues with 3 of the 4 roof vents on the 5th wheel, so decided to replace all of them.  Technology on them have changed since this was built in ’04, so we were able to do some upgrading and are really satisfied with how it turned out.  The new ones can act as ceiling fans when closed, so it really helps with circulating the air making it much more comfortable to live in when the AC or heat is running!

 

Twice a year we must do a total roof clean and apply protectant on both of the trailers, which is a multiple day process.  I then wash all the outside walls.  The 5th wheel gets waxed all the way around, remember it’s 40’ on each side, 8’ on each end, and 12’ high, plus the slideouts!  The bunkhouse is just washed with a soap that also waxes.  All of the plastic and rubber has to be cleaned and protectant applied and all joints on the roofs and walls have to be checked and caulked as needed.  Also the awnings have to be taken out, cleaned and inspected.  The one on the bunkhouse was ruined in a storm in AR so we replaced it.  Still have some  caulking to do on both trailers and then have some stuff to do on the outside of the tool trailer as it’s got a couple of water leaks!

 

The bunkhouse is another story!  When we got it there was a lot of water damage.  Some was obvious and some hidden.  We had already fixed the obvious stuff, but I discovered that the floor that was put in over some of the damage needed immediate attention.  I ended up tearing out about 1/3 of the trailer floor, all in the rear, to find that all of the wood framing was gone.  I then reframed and reattached it all to the metal framing, insulated it and installed new subfloor.  Mary Jo also resealed the storage doors, which was mostly the area that I had to redo.  We’ve gotten a lot of rain since we sealed it up and so far, it’s staying dry.  I also had to rebuild the framing, insulation, and paneling in the 2 rear corners.

 

I discovered all of this when I was getting ready to redo some of the electric and install a backup system like what is in our 5th wheel, which is also part of the reframing for the new refrigerator, all of which I started on a couple months ago.  As you can imagine, one thing uncovers another thing, that uncovers another thing!  Waiting on a couple of parts for the backup system and the refrigerator is installed.  I changed out one of the roof vents with one of the new styled ones so that we can have better air circulation in the bunkhouse too. 

 

Trailer maintenance isn’t cheap or easy.  We spent over $4k on just the work listed above!  I often wish that we didn’t have to spend so much time and money on this type of stuff, but it is what it is and what we need to do to be able to help others!

 

Doug also tinted the windows in our fish bowl, I mean, 15 passenger van so we can actually feel the AC now!  He also fixed both doors that wouldn’t open from the outside and one that wouldn’t open at all, did some setup for all the electronics in it, installed our front seat covers, fixed the fan switch and a couple of inside door issues!  We had an issue with the van staying in high acceleration when we stopped, so had to put it in the shop.  A couple of sensors were bad, that was a little over $400 to fix.  We have a water leak in the back door that needs fixed and praying that’ll do it for now with that!

 

The V10 was having firing issues again even though I replaced the engine electronics earlier this year.  The AC also quit so we had to send it back to the shop.  We were happy to only get a bill for a little over $300 for these issues! Doug also made some changes so the electronics we installed to work more efficiently! 

 

We had to get the back seat reupholstered and the front seats lowered on the diesel.  We replaced the front seats a year ago, but they were too high.  I couldn’t find any replacement covers for the back seat, so I found a local guy in his 80’s that does great work and only charged us about $500!  Doug also tinted those windows for us so that AC will work better as well! 

 

Kent from CC Murfreesboro asked me to fill in for him in July.  We decided to take the bunkhouse for a test run and go up there for a few days.  The emergency brake pin somehow came out going down a mountain and destroyed the brakes!  We were fine, but finding someone to look at things and get them fixed was only going to happen via The LORD!  After trying several local places and headed to one to get the parts and try to do it myself on the road, I decided to try a search one more time and found Camper John. 

 

We called him and he said to bring it by for a look.  After discovering that our brakes were completely shot, he said he could fix them the next day since it was too late to get parts that day.  He hooked us up with electric and water, so we had a place to stay.  He and his 2 helpers got busy on things the next day and by days end we were on our way!  He only charged us $800 out the door.  I was expecting close to $1500!  Only God!!

 

If you didn’t know, our 4th grandkid and 2nd granddaughter, Emerie, was born on June 10th, to Nick and Brittany.  Since things seemed to be working well on the bunkhouse, we decided to head there for a short visit with the kids and grandkids. 

 

We left the bunkhouse there as we needed to head to FL to take care of some personal stuff and we also shared at a few churches and I was able to teach at 2 of them!  We then headed back to visit the kids for a couple more days.  When we arrived we found our trailer covered in cut grass and a broken window!  The campground agreed to pay for the repairs, $230!

 

We then headed back to TN to continue working on more maintenance.  On the way one of our injector fuel lines broke.  Once again, The LORD took us to the right person who was booked out for at least 2 weeks, but he stopped what he was doing, sent his wife an hour and a half round trip to get a temp fuel line, and then installed it. We found campground a close by to spend the night and it was the best campground we’d been at and the cheapest!  Our spot was right on the lake, so we immediately got a little tube time in!  We then headed back to TN only to find out that something happened to our front driver’s side brakes and the pads were almost gone and the rotor cracked!

 

We made it back home OK and I redid both sides of the front brakes, new rotors, calipers, pads, and bearings.  I also replaced all the injector fuel lines as this is the second one to go bad.  I also had to replace one of the injectors.  This was about $1500 including the temp fuel line on the road.

 

We had been asked by a pastor friend if we could help do some modifications to get a special needs family into a home.  We weren’t sure if we should go as we rarely travel to serve doing non-disaster relief, only when we have extra time during our deployments.  He, being a former Army Ranger, was then asked to help covertly with the situation going on in another part of the world and had to take off, so we decided to go ahead and help him out for two weeks.

 

From here we’re headed to the Deep South Pastor’s Conference and then will see what The LORD has next.  We’ve been in contact with folks regarding the Western NC flooding from Fred and the Central TN flooding from excessive rains and now Ida is barreling into the Gulf.  Not sure if we’ll respond to any of these or if they’ll be something else that happens as it is hurricane season.  Please be in prayer for us on that. 

 

Please continue to keep us in your prayers.  As you can see, there is so much for the two of us to do just to keep Calvary Relief running even without normal stuff and serving on homes!  This all takes funding and God has been so faithful to meet our needs since He started Calvary Relief back in 2004 and we pray He’ll continue! 

 

Mary Jo and I can’t do what we do without willing servants and really need the local churches to step up and help in their communities after a disaster for more than a couple of weeks.  Recovery takes several years, and folks quickly forget the needs and get back to living their lives while those affected remain without their homes to live in! 

 

If you’re interested in growing in The LORD as you selfishly serve others alongside of Calvary Relief, please let us know!  For more info on joining us, click here.

 

If you’re interested in helping with any of the expenses with Calvary Relief, please click here.

 

If there’s ever anything you need prayer about or just need to talk to someone, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and let us know!

 

Love y'all and LORD Bless,

 

Curt & Mary Jo

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