Images of May

Stephen Ake trekked From the Mountains to the Gulf Coast to spend another week with us. As usual he provides a insightful recap of his weeks activities and a glimpse into some of the changes since his last trip. Don’t miss the images of Lakeshore in May 2006 from his active camera.

I did not get to spend as much time with Stephen last week as I would have liked. A terrible sinus infection slowed me down quite a bit early in the week. Thursday I preached a Sr. Adult revival at Clifton Baptist Church in Franklinton, LA. With me out of pocket, Stephen kept JoEll company and got her fax machine working finally.

Looking upwards in a Storm

church steps and roof

God of my life, to Thee I call,
Afflicted at Thy feet I fall;
When the great water-floods prevail,
Leave not my trembling heart to fail!

Friend of the friendless and the faint,
Where should I lodge my deep complaint,
Where but with Thee, whose open door
Invites the helpless and the poor!

Did ever mourner plead with Thee,
And Thou refuse the mourner’s plea?
Does not the word still fix’d remain,
That none shall seek Thy face in vain?

That were a grief I could not bear,
Didst Thou not hear and answer prayer:
But a prayer-hearing, answering God
Supports me under every load.

Fair is the lot that’s cast for me;
I have an Advocate with Thee;
They whom the world caresses most
Have no such privilege to boast.

Poor though I am, despised, forgot,
Yet God, my God, forgets me not:
And he is safe, and must succeed,
For whom the Lord vouchsafes to plead.

~ William Cowper

Vacation Bible School 2006

We have planned four exciting weeks of Vacation Bible School this summer. Lord willing, four sister churches from across the country will come to Lakeshore displaying God’s glory before the children of our storm ravaged community. Almost every family in our area still lives in cramped FEMA issued campers. Providing an opportunity for kids to get out and gather on our church property for God-centered Bible saturated fun hopefully will help alleviate the burden of parents who look for something to occupy their youngsters long summer days. We relish the opportunity to point families to solid hope in Jesus Christ.

May 22-26 ~ God Always Wins!
God Always Wins!
Providence Baptist Church of Franklin, MA, will lead our kids in the Children Desiring God curriculum, “God Always Wins!

God displays His power so that we might see His greatness. Our response to His greatness should be worship. That is what this curriculum is all about – showing the greatness of God that children may come to worship Him. God is presented as the great Victor who triumphs over all enemies, including Satan, death, and sin.

June 17-24 ~ Genesis 1: Space Probe
Genesis 1: Space Probe
One of my heroes in the faith, Tom Ascol, will bring folks from his church, Grace Baptist Church, to Lakeshore this summer. Ascol serves as director of Founders Ministries. They will use the VBS Reachout Adventures Genesis 1: Space Probe curriculum.

Time-traveling starships take crew members deep into the book of Genesis where creation unfolds before their very eyes. God’s design for his world becomes clear as costumed eye-witness storytellers bring God’s Word to life. By mission’s end, Astronauts are challenged to be certain they are safe in the “Ark” of eternal salvation, Jesus Christ, and ready to love and worship Him as Lord of the Universe!

July 10-14 ~ Things Hidden

Things Hidden

Pastor Dave Stephenson and Grace Bible Church linked up with Lakeshore immediately after Hurricane Katrina hit. One of their members, Greg London, serves as our full time project coordinator. I can’t thank them enough for their deep partnership. In July they will use the Children Desiring God curriculum, “Things Hidden” for VBS and also host evening meetings for adults.

The parables of Jesus contain glorious, life-changing truth. But the beauty and worth of God’s truth is hidden from those who have blind eyes and a divided heart. Using hidden treasure as a metaphor for spiritual truth, this study of kingdom parables exalts God alone as the source of spiritual sight and an undivided heart. The goal of this curriculum is to awaken spiritual interest in children, so that they might seek after the hidden treasure of God and find their satisfaction in Him.

July 25-28 ~ Grace Camp

Grace Camp

Riverside Fellowship’s long term commitment to Lakeshore brings them to minister in our community once again at the end of the summer. We look forward to this exciting week of fun filled in-depth Bible study.

Inside, outside, upside down

Week of April 2

Last month I posted a brief run down of the Week of April 2. It demonstrated a typical week in the relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts here in Lakeshore. I followed that post with several pictures of Foundations, Flooring, and Film Crews. I wanted to follow with that weeks’s images of working inside and out as we do top down rehab, but I am just now finding the time to post them. Since then, another month has flown by with literally hundreds of volunteers passing through Lakeshore.

We call our current stage “top down” rehab of flooded homes because after gutting the house down to its studs, we start with replacing the roof, and work our way down with electrical, plumbing, sheet rock, and flooring. The pictures below show several homes we worked on that week.

We also have just begun “bottom up” new construction for those who’s homes were destroyed completely.

Week of April 2

Week of April 2

Week of April 2

Week of April 2

Week of April 2

Week of April 2

Week of April 2