Mission Trip T-Shirts

If you made a mission trip to Lakeshore between 2005-2012, you will remember the T-shirt collection hanging from the ceiling of our make-shift dining hall. You probably even signed one of your group’s shirts. When the old kitchen came down to make room for the new church building, we tucked the shirts away in the attic of the bunk house. You can find a photo gallery of the over 350 shirts on our Rebuild Lakeshore Facebook page.

Nothing says “Mission Trip” like matching T-shirts.

In keeping with the iconic mission trip T-shirt tradition, we have designed several shirts for your next mission trip to the gulf coast, or as a souvenir to remember your last trip. To make it easy, you can order them online directly from Amazon. Just click on one of the designs below to go to Amazon where you can select your size and preferred color. I hope you enjoy the shirts and I look forward to seeing you on your next mission trip.

Rebuild Lakeshore for the Glory of God

Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

Faith, Hope, Love

Here I Am Lord Send Me

Lakeshore Mississippi with Palm Tree

Lakeshore Mississippi with Crab

Mississippi Mission Trip

Hurricane Michael Disaster Relief Help Needed

Hurricane Michael Florida relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts can use your help. Our friends David and Cindy Jordan have been on the ground there, doing clean up, meeting needs, and providing meals. They have been feeding thousands of victims, volunteers, and first responders. They could use all the help they can get. Their granddaughter, pictured above, lends her expertise by advertising for the free meals they are serving. Will you do what you can to help?

I met the Jordans through their “Carpenters for Christ” mission trips to Lakeshore. They have been a tremendous help over the years. They have served Christ and given assistance to countless people across the country with their generosity. Now the need has come to their own back yard.

The Taunton Family Children’s Home in Wewahitchka Fl. has opened their doors to host mission teams that David leads. It can house up to 45 people. It is a two story house. The second story has two large bunkhouse rooms with 12 bunk beds on each side. Each side has restrooms, showers and sinks. The first floor has a large dining room to feed all at one time. The kitchen has three ovens, a microwave, gas stove, industrial refrigerator and two deep freezers. It does not cost anything to stay but a donation is always welcome but not needed.

David already has a few rebuilding projects going. A church deacon’s block home had the kitchen torn off by the storm. A team of block layers could begin work imediatly. They also could use roofers asap. Whatever you and your group can do would be greatly appreciated. Contact David Jordan (davidjordan1962@gmail.com or call / text at 850-951-3127) for more details and to plan your trip.
Hurricane Michael Disaster Relief Help Needed

Revitalizing New England with the Gospel

Nearly four-hundred years ago the Puritan influence planted churches throughout New England. Unfortunately, a long history of downgrade in the region has robbed these churches of gospel strength. Many have denied the faith. Beautiful historic church buildings are being converted to restaurants, retail outlets, and other things. Today, less than 2% of the population in the Boston area are professing evangelical Christians. Christ-centered men, like my friend Erik Maloy, desire to see God at work in New England once again. Will you partner with him?

Three years ago, in an interesting twist of providence, The First Church in Charlestown Massachusetts called Erik as pastor. The church boasts a fascinating church history. It begun in 1632 as one of the first churches in the “New World,” the founder of Harvard University, John Harvard,, served as one of its first pastors, and their first church building was destroyed in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Fast forward a few hundred years, and In the early 21st century the church dwindled to only a handful of members and threatened to permanently close its doors. Standing on the authority and sufficiency of scripture, Pastor Maloy has devoted himself to love the community, point them to Christ, and restore a healthy vibrant church for the glory of God.

I recently had the privilege of worshiping with the congregation of First Church. I was blessed and encouraged by their enthusiasm and resolve. Erik shared with me some of the vision he has, both for the Charlestown church and for the entire region. God is doing some very exciting things in New England.

Erik, along with Don McKinnon, pastor of First Baptist Church of Sutton MA, hosts The Practical Church Revitalization Podcast. Even if you do not live in New England or are not part of a particular church revitalization effort, let me encourage you to subscribe to their project, join with them in prayer, and spread the word on what God is doing.

We are especially looking for prayer partners and mission teams interested in traveling to the Boston area and working with the First Church of Charlestown. They could use mission trip teams for Vacation Bible Schools, community events, building projects, and other things. Contact Pastor Erik Maloy for more details. I know that a mission trip to Boston will feel a lot different than a mission trip to Lakeshore, but its the same big mission, for the glory of God.

Erik Mayloy and Don Elbourne

Don and Courtney Elbourne at First Church Charlestown MA

Living on Mission in Puerto Rico

Pray for Don and Janice Smith as they head to Puerto Rico for a 5 year mission trip. Talk about living on mission! I met this great couple following Hurricane Katrina as they came along side of us on the Mississippi gulf coast and proved very helpful. Their generous spirit and willingness to do even the smallest things encouraged our soul. I look forward to seeing the fruit of their dedication in Puerto Rico. The Smiths stopped by Lakeshore on their way to their new home last week. We were able to share lunch and talk about what God is doing on the island. I’m sure their service will benefit the disaster relief efforts there.

As we approach the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, I remember one year after Hurricane Katrina, how many folks had come to help, and how far we still had to go. We could not have made it to where we are now, if it were not for the countless people who didn’t forget about us after the media attention turned to other stories. Let us not forget about our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico.

Let me ask you to pray especially for the church planters that I have grown to love and respect. They toil for the cause of Christ in difficult conditions. Through their bold proclamation of the gospel and their active compassion for those in need, God’s glory shines brighter and brighter in the Caribbean, to the praise of Christ’s name and the spread of his fame.

2018 Summer Success

Rebuild Lakeshore hosted mission teams most of the summer as we partnered with sister churches across the gulf coast this year (2018). The mission teams stayed with us here at the bunk house, but then worked with other area churches doing back yard Bible clubs, Vacation Bible Schools, light construction, clean up, and other things. We were thrilled to be able to provide housing for the mission teams and rejoice at all the work that God accomplished through these folks all summer. I count the first year of “Partnership Gulf Coast” a great success and look forward to next year.

Summer Missions 2018

The summer is in full swing here on the Mississippi gulf coast. Our good friends Joey and Julie Gilbert are here again ministering to countless folks in the area through sister churches. Their dedication to the Lord and His work continues to amaze me as they have poured years of their lives into our community for the cause of Christ. Their crew from Georgia have been busy doing Vacation Bible Schools, sports camps, and just loving on people in the name of Jesus. May God be glorified through their efforts and may the gospel take root for long lasting fruit, to the praise of His name.

KY group stops in MS on route to missions in TX

As pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Monticello KY, Tommy Floyd led multiple teams to Lakeshore following Hurricane Katrina. His folks did an amazing job at building numerous homes in our area. They also worked on our new church building. We can not thank them enough for their service for the glory of God.

Bro. Tommy now serves as director of missions for the Pulaski Baptist Association in KY. His heart for missions continues to shine through. This week he is leading a team from their association to serve in Port Arthur, TX. They spent the night with us here in our bunk house this weekend as they travel to their mission trip destination. What a joy it is to partner with such mission minded people for the cause of Christ.

Partnership Gulf Coast Mission Trips

We have partnered with our Gulf Coast Baptist Association to host mission trips this summer that will serve our sister churches in Hancock County. From June 3 through July 26 teams will do backyard Bible Clubs, Mission VBS, door-to-door surveys and witnessing, servant evangelism, sports camps and science camps, construction or deconstruction, and more. To find out how your church group can be a part of this, check out the Partnership Gulf Coast website. We are the “west” housing option. The Lord has blessed us with our bunk house facilities and we pray they will continue to be used for His glory and the strengthening of His churches.

Tiny House Mission

Long before Tiny Houses were a thing, we built one as part of our disaster relief volunteer houseing. Jamie Dunbar (now Jamie Rogers) designed the dwelling for her needs as she served the efforts here for 6 years. Her contributions were invaluable and the tiny house served as personal space amid the hustle and bustle of activity.

Now that Jamie has relocated back to Wisconsin, got married, and become a mother, the tiny house in Lakeshore sits empty. For the last couple of years we have been decommissioning the quonset huts and other makeshift structures around the property. While Katrina relief has ended, our main bunkhouse still serves as an active mission trip housing facility here on the gulf coast. The summer of 2018 calendar is filling up fast.

We need to relocate the tiny house closer to the bunk house, tie it into electricity and plumbing and re-open it for use. We are looking for someone to adopt this project. We built the 12’x12′ structure with moving it in mind. It sits up on concrete blocks and 6″x6″s. It could possibly be drug with a wench, using the 6″x6″s as skids, or jacked up onto a trailer, or any other idea the team that tackles it comes up with.

Would you, or someone you know, like to take on this project? We need to get it moved before the summer rush begins the first week in June. This would be a great spring break project. Contact us for more details.

Food Abundance

Over 70 families participated in our “Grow Your Food” seminar this past Saturday. As an extension of our Mercy Ministry we sought to encourage and educate folks on how they could increase their food security through simple vegetable gardening. A trunk full of groceries went home with each household in attendance.

Every week I receive phone calls and visits from people requesting assistance because they have no food in their pantries. God’s good earth can produce an abundance of food for human flourishing, but unfortunately, that food is not always available to everyone. I want to change that. I believe that if we can motivate and educate families to do more home food production, our community will be the richer for it. I told the story of one family, with a small garden who calculated the value of their homegrown vegetables last year to be $1000. I floated the vision of 100 families doing the same in Hancock County. That’s $100,000 worth of extra food for our families, neighbors, and friends. No one should go hungry in America, much less on the bountiful Mississippi gulf coast.

I told about my personal successes in growing sweet potatoes, okra, and salad greens, as well as making our pepper jelly. Last year I turned 1 sweet potato into an entire wheelbarrow full with very little work. Okra is so prolific in our climate we ate it almost every day during the summer. Arugula, kale, and other salad greens flourished during the winter, even through our record breaking cold here on the gulf coast. We even made enough money selling pepper jelly last year to visit our son at the University of Massachusetts.

Our Mississippi State University Extension Agents, Christian Stephenson and Jennifer O’Banner, gave talks on the simplicity of growing valuable produce on a small scale with even very little work. For example, in this part of the country we all use bell peppers, onions, celery and garlic in our cooking. Bell peppers are particularly expensive at the grocery store, but all these items are easy to grow. Not only is growing your own food financially beneficial its healthier too and can taste great.

I’ve already received some very positive feedback on the event. One lady said she rushed straight to the store to purchase seeds after the class. Another sent me pictures of her seed treys in preparation for spring planting. I am excited about the potential. My wife and I will continue to expand our small garden next door to the church. You can keep up with what we are growing and future events like this on our Facebook page, “Lakeshore Gardens.” Please like our page and share this post.

Growing Sweet Potatoes

Harvesting Okra:

Homegrown Salad:

Homemade Pepper Jelly:

What are you growing?