A hard-working lady named Nomi and her five children live in this small camper in Texas. A hard-working crew of NOMADS have come to make that living more bearable. The acronym stands for Nomads on a Mission Active in Divine Service. They are retired folks who volunteer under the outreach ministry of United Methodist Organizations, but willing workers are welcome from other denominations. http://www.nomadsumc.org/
According to their website, “some people remember the NOMADS acronym as Nice Older Methodists Avoiding Deep Snow”. But all humor aside, they work all over the United States, traveling in RV’s, braving heat, humidity, dust, time, and budget to get the jobs done, to give people hope as well as better living conditions.
When Mike and I read the story of Nomi and her five children from the blog “The Easts Head West”, we were astounded at the fortitude of the hapless mother forced to live in these conditions and still raise a brood of five “polite, respectful” children. They all go to school, and one young man wanted to help with the work so desperately he begged for a day off from school to help. Not only polite – but willing workers as well. I thought the days of polite, respectful children and teens — who are willing to do anything but text and frequent the malls — had gone the way of the dinosaurs.
When Nomi’s plight was assessed by the NOMADS crew of thirteen, it threatened to be overwhelming — physically and monetarily. Electricity to the camper was supplied by a cord running from a neighbor’s home; the holding tank for the sewerage was broken; leaks had caused wood rot, and there is no air conditioning for this metal home sitting in the brutal Texas sun. Besides addressing all these problems, the NOMADS are building her a sheltered porch and providing some equipment for her take-out food service, which helps supplement the family’s meager income.
But this upbeat crew working in this barren landscape has found that, like sunshine on flowers, their generosity of time and effort with budget restrictions has opened the hearts of the community. These NOMADS have taken literally to their own hearts the fact that the followers of Jesus are merely sojourners here. And in the end Jesus will say that what they did “for these, the least of my brothers, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:34-46)
Read Phyllis’s compelling story on her blog “The Easts Head West” at http://theeastsheadwest.blogspot.com/ The link carries you to the bottom of the page, so scroll up for this story: Saturday, February 9, 2013 entitled: