Whitesburg KY

SWAP volunteers repaired 25 homes over the summer


Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

Love endures long and is patient and kind … it takes no account of the evil done to it – pays no attention to a suffered wrong. 1 Corinthians 13:4,5 AMP

Driving across the bottom in my golf cart, I saw two ladies waving at me from the ECCO parking lot. I was pleasantly surprised to see it was Carol Cannon and her sister, Lynne, from Cincinnati, Ohio. Carol is a longtime friend and supporter of ECCO and I’m always happy to see her because she is so encouraging and optimistic. The timing of their visit was great for it gave me the opportunity to introduce them to Sheldon, Marie, Pete and Stephanie.

We sat on the front porch, chatting and enjoying the view while a breeze blew down from the mountains. Looking around Carol exclaimed, “I can never get over how beautiful it is here.”

The beauty of our mountains is something I sometimes take for granted. I’m always glad when folks from the city remind me how fortunate we are.

The SWAP summer program at ECCO has ended. A total of 25 homes were repaired in our community as far down as the Harlan County line. To God be the glory! Many of the SWAP volunteers that come to our mountains each year work and save their money all year just to come here to volunteer working on homes of low-income families. These are young people who believe in putting their faith in action. They are my heroes.

Thought for the day: “Love sees through a telescope not a microscope.”

News from the Eolia Senior Citizens Center by Jewel Maggard:

“Hi, seniors, my prayer each day is for the Lord to watch over our seniors and send help to those in need. Read Psalm 31.

“The bears sure to do like to visit our house. They are also partial to visiting Carmen’s, Kathleen’s and Elsie’s houses.

“The quilting ladies just finished a diamond flower garden quilt.

“Linda has been busy with her garden. Jean’s daughter, Terry, has moved to West Virginia and Jean has been visiting the grandchildren. Ruby and Jean are spoiling us with delicious desserts they bring to the center. Our seniors are doing about the same.

“Everyone have a great week for God is good.”

Community bulletin board: Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633- 4948. The Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. All are welcome. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers are welcome. The Partridge Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest.

ECCO’s cookbook Mountain Tastes & Treasures is available by sending $13 to ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826 ECCO’s thrift store is open MW F, 10-2. All are welcome.

This week our prayer list include: Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Bennie Sturgill, Cora Sturgill, Bear Hissom, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Randy Niece, Dorothy Nease, Ralph Crane, Doug Bird, those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Iraq, the United States and Iraq, the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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