Metal Building

Stephen Ake posted lots of pictures from his last trip to Lakeshore. He chronicled the erection of our temporary metal building. Although the teams working on it might disagree, the structure went up very quickly. The truck drop shipped the parts late Tuesday afternoon and we held services under the roof on Sunday. Several folks who stop by only on the weekends, stood amazed at the weeks progress. We still need to close in the doors, tighten down all the bolts, roll out the flooring, put in partition walls, build the restrooms, wire the electrical system, and install the air/ heat. We plan to have a few classrooms, a sanctuary, storage space, and restrooms in the 38X90 building. If you would like to help with this project, contact our coordinator, Greg London at (770)402-3419.

Lakeshore Baptist Church owes Jim Howell of Emanuel Baptist Church, a debt of gratitude for doing the leg work to select and procure the building. Their church in Florida partnered with First Baptist Church Clinton LA to purchase the kit and materials.

A news reporter stopped by while they worked and asked where the team was from. Looking over the construction site I tried to list the teams. Folks from Florida, north Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio, and two churches from Louisiana all worked along side locals to get the building up. I probably missed someone. We stand amazed at God’s outpouring of help that has flooded in from all sides. We will need a steady stream over the next few years as we rebuild our church facilities, church members homes, and our entire community. We look forward to what God continues to do in our midst for His glory.

Team Pictures

You have richly blessed Lakeshore Baptist Church and her community with an outpouring of volunteers. Pam Lackey is collecting team pictures for a very special project. She needs your help

We need group photos from all the teams that have worked on helping Lakeshore since the hurricane. It would be great if you could send a local address and the name of your church or group as well. You can send a digital CD of photos to:

Pam Lackey
117 Northlake Trail
Canton, GA 30114

We need these photos by DECEMBER 17TH. Send the photos in CD form only. We will not be able to receive them through e-mail.

Making a list, checking it twice

We were featured on MSNBC again. Check out: LOCATION OF TOY TROVE IS STRICTLY ‘NEED TO KNOW.’ I added a comment to their story:

We enjoyed having these hard working energetic kids from Wisconsin with us this past week. In addition to helping with the toy drive they mucked out houses, constructed some sheds, delivered sheet rock, cleaned yards, re roofed a house, and acomplished a long list of other tasks. They even treated us to a brat fry complete with sauerkraut and Wisconsin cheese.

I can’t thank Pam enough for dreaming up, organizing, driving, and tieing together this amazing Christmas project. I still have not been privy to the secret location, but the glimpses I’ve received assure me that Christmas in Lakeshore will surpassed the imagination of weary locals who predicted a bleak holiday season. I echo Pam’s prayer that Christ, our supreme treasure, would be exalted, glorified, and praised through this outpouring of generosity. I am humbled and encouraged by what God continues to do in Lakeshore.

An update

Its been a while since I’ve been able to give a small glimpse into what God has been acomplishing in Lakeshore and what still needs to be done. With busyness all around me, I’ve snuck off for a few minutes this morning to give a brief update.

With the help of volunteers flooding in from across the country we have been cleaning peoples property, mucking out homes, bull dozing houses, building storage sheds and camper stairs, running a food and supply distribution center on the church property, making huge Christmas plans, and holding regular Sunday services that grow in attendance with each passing week.

We moved from a make-shift blue tarp, to a quonset hut, to a big white tent. We plan to erect a 38X90 temporary metal building next week. Lord willing, it will arrive Monday afternoon (Dec. 5) and teams will be on site to raise it quickly. We will need to lay down indoor/outdoor carpet, build bathrooms and a platform area, wire it for lighting and install a heating/cooling unit.

Laundry facilities prove to be one of the greatest needs facing residence still living in tents and FEMA campers. Five washers and dryers have been donated to the church to meet this community need. We plan to build a small building on the church property to house the units. We will need to clear a grove of trees and bring in lots of sand to build up this area.

Land continues to be our major obstacle and we are drawing up purchase agreements to acquire our neighbors property. We originally thought we could buy the property behind the old building, but negotiations fell through. It looks like God is opening the property north of our current location. Please pray that we will follow His leading and that the funds will be available.

Lakeshore Baptist Church still staffs the FEMA water and ice POD at Gulf view Elementary School in Lakeshore. Our local volunteers tirelessly keep track of the number of cars flowing through (about 300 a day) and keep the inventory ordered and available. This chore has started to wear on the most dedicated as they try to put their lives back together, find jobs, make plans to rebuild their homes, etc. We could use teams of 3-4 people to come in for a week to staff the POD.

We have begun rebuilding three homes that we hope to have families in by Christmas. We could use carpenters, electricians, plumbers, roofers, etc for these jobs.

We have a portable saw mill. I wanted to make a full post about this blessing that a church in California donated, but time restraints force me to make only this brief mention. We have been able to churn out lumber for some of our construction projects using downed trees from the storm, but it has been a challenge to keep it manned. The mill could provide a wonderful opportunity for a men’s group to come down and spend several days working the mill and creating lumber for rebuilding.

Greg London continues to be a God-send as he coordinates work crews, organizes projects, and helps me manage the overwhelming amount of simultaneous efforts.
If you would like to make a trip to Lakeshore to help, please call Greg (770-402-3419) and he will help you with the details of your trip, where you can stay, etc.

Time doesn’t allow me to mention the need for volunteers willing to do the plethora of unexpected tasks that arise on a daily basis. We have a very long road ahead of us. Its been three months, but will take at least three years of volunteers coming down and lending assistance, sending supplies, providing funds, and keeping us in constant prayer. We stand amazed at what God has been doing and we trust that He will continue “to work in us both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)