Painting the Nesom House

Painting the Nesom House

The Nesom house burned about a month before hurricane Katrina slammed into our community and flooded the charred home. The family said, what at first seemed to be a tragic “double wammy” turned out to be the providence of God.

Butch and Sandy and their own three kids graciously took in three young boys last year. With eight mouths to feed on limited finances, our church family helped them with groceries and support.

When a fire drove them out of their home into a borrowed trailer, the church rallied around them with the basic necessities of life. Little did we know that a month later we would all be in the same boat.

Twenty something volunteer teams have come along side Butch, Sandy, Scott, Beth, Jessica, Cody, Michael, and Jimmy to help them get a roof back over their head. We added an addition on the small rehabbed house. The home now boasts ample room for the full family.

Less than two months after the storm the first team, led by Bill Breckenridge of New Jersey, began gutting the house. Read his account of that first step of Giving Hope, check out his pictures, and listen to his audio report. A few weeks ago, a team from the same church, led by Bill’s wife Donna Jean returned to be a part of finishing the job. Read her report From start to finish.

Last week, thanks to a group of Wisconsin college kids, the exuberant home now sports a bright yellow finish.

The Nesom House - Fire and Flood

Painting the Nesom House

God Always Wins!

God Always Wins - Pastor Mark

I must admit a bit of guilt in not having the time to make a blog post about each and every team that graces our community with their hard working helping hands and encouraging support. With four or five church groups here on a regular basis, all busy at the task at hand, I sometimes do not even meet everyone, much less spend any quality time with them.

So, with sincere apology to all the other great folks who have worked with us over the past several weeks, let me mention Providence Baptist Church and my new good friend, Pastor Mark Lukens.

Twenty-three members (about half their congregation) made the 30 hour trek from Franklin, MA to Laskeshore MS last week. During the day they worked hard rehabbing houses in our community. In the evenings they put on a Vacation Bible School.

Using the Children Desiring God curriculum, “God Always Wins,” they pointed to the almighty power of God who rules supreme over all things. Seeing the awsome power of God at work directs us to authentic worship of our never failing King.

During the day the God-centered team carried the same theme into homes as they hung sheet rock and shared Christ. Each day they would return to camp with reports of evangelistic opportunities, excited about seeing God draw people to Himself.

I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with Pastor Mark and his team, the late nights talking theology, the overflowing enthusiasm from his folks, the long days of hard work they acomplished, the love they demonstrated toward our community kids, our tear filled prayer meeting; oh, and yes, the stack of John Piper books they blessed me with. 🙂

I pray that God would continue to pour out his grace and strength upon this vivacious fellowship of believers as they continue to spread a passion for the supremacy of Christ over all things in their local community, across the country, and around the globe to the glory of God.

God Always Wins! - Kids
God Always Wins! - game
God Always Wins! - activity