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Help from Hoosiers

By John Weiss

weiss@postbulletin.com

GOODVIEW — Volunteers from Indiana have returned to Goodview to help the Mark Borck family rebuild its flood-ravaged home and in the process, have built a relationship that has made them a second family.

Mark and Kathy Borck, their children and pets had to rush to the roof of their house during the Aug. 18-19 flood that roared through Goodview; rescuers in a boat got them to safety.

The day after they were rescued, the Borcks asked for help. A group from Southern Baptist Convention District Relief answered the call

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The Borck’s home, one of about 60 damaged or destroyed in Goodview, had to be gutted. Even the joists and flooring of the first floor had to be ripped out. What remained was the basement, the outside walls and the roof.

Then it was time to rebuild.

This week, Southern Baptist members came back to help. On Tuesday, the volunteers in yellow T-shirts carried in new joists, while others pulled nails from the old joists so they could be used for bracing.

To the volunteers, it’s not work. "This is our vacation," said Christina Lewis of Anderson, Ind., who wore her yellow eyeshade upside down as she pulled nails.

"We love the Lord and we want to serve him and serve people," said Linda Guernsey, a fellow nail puller, from North Salem, Ind. Her husband, John Guernsey, wears the blue hat of the team leader and was directing the placement of the joists.

The volunteers are not only helping with labor, but also with materials. The Borcks appreciate it all.

"They’re awesome, I guess," Mark Borck said to sum up his sentiments.

When the home is finished, the Borcks would like to have the Hoosiers back for a housewarming.

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"We’ve become family now," John Guernsey said.

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