November 2007

November 2007

We thank God for the great folks who came to work in Lakeshore over the month of November. I really do wish I had time to trumpet detailed gratitude for every task each of these teams accomplished – but I’m only one person and you have blessed us beyond my capacity to return appropriate and fitting appreciation. This month volunteers poured concrete, set pilings, framed a house, ran plumbing and electrical, installed air conditioners, cut down trees, hung siding, cooked sumptuous meals, cleaned the bathrooms and the camp site, stocked shelves, laid flooring, installed insulation, hung sheet rock, painted, removed storm debris, demolished old structures to make room for new homes, built sheds, moved furniture, delivered materials, brought supplies, prayed for us, cried with us, and a thousand other things. Please accept a deep heart felt thank-you on behalf of everyone in our community touched by your dedication and service.

  • Abundant Life Christian Academy – Kanab, UT
  • Burnt Hickory Baptist Church – Marietta, GA
  • Calhoun County Baptist Association – Calhoun City, MS
  • Carey Baptist Association – Fordyce, AR
  • Castlewoods Baptist Church – Brandon, MS
  • Crabapple Baptist Church – Alpharetta, GA
  • Ellison Ridge Baptist Church – Louisville, MS
  • First Baptist Church – Calhoun City, MS
  • First Baptist Church – DeKalb, MS
  • First Baptist Church Jacksonville – Jacksonville, NC
  • First Congregational Church – Kingston, NH
  • First Lutheran Church – Prophets Town, IL
  • Grace Heritage Church – Auburn, AL
  • Gum Log Primitive Baptist Church – Meridian, MS
  • Harvest Community Church – Huntersville, NC
  • Highlands Fellowship – Abingdon, VA
  • Jersey Baptist Church – Pataskala, OH
  • Riverside Fellowship – New Port Richy, FL
  • Sixth Street Baptist Church – Alexander City, AL
  • Smithville Baptist Church – Smithville, MS
  • Southfork Baptist Church – Owenton, KY
  • Victorious Life Worship Center – Crestview, FL

John Richards

Castlewoods Baptist Church

Shortly after the storm, I posted about one of our church members, John Richards, as the last man standing. His house suffered damage, however he has remained living it it. We redid the sheet rock and other things inside, but now turn our attention to the exterior. Last week folks from Ellison Ridge, MS began ripping off old storm damaged siding off of his house and replacing the old windows. Later in the week guys from Casltewoods Baptist Church of Brandon, MS picked up where they left off. They installed the OSB, hung the windows and wrapped the house. Now we are ready for vinyl siding.

John Richards

Castlewoods Baptist Church

Ellison Ridge

Happy Thanksgiving


My God, I thank Thee, who hast made
The earth so bright,
So full of splendor and of joy,
Beauty and light;
So many glorious things are here,
Noble and right.

I thank Thee more that all our joy
Is touched with pain,
That shadows fall on brightest hours,
That thorns remain;
So that earth’s bliss may be our guide,
And not our chain.

I thank Thee, Lord, that here our souls
Though amply blessed,
Can never find, although they seek
A perfect rest;
Nor ever shall, until they lean
On Jesus’ breast.

– Adelaide A. Proc­ter – 1858

Grace shed

grace shed

Our friends from Grace Heritage Church of Auburn, AL, built another needed shed for our distribution center. Jonathan Reeves, son of Stan Reeves, planned and and implemented the construction as his Eagle Scout project. The sturdy shed will serve well in our ongoing mercy ministry.

grace shed

grace shed

btw, Stan teaches at Auburn University, serves as a teaching elder at Grace Heritage Church, and maintains the Founders Ministry website. Grace Heritage provides their sermon content from Pastor Paul Stith, Dr. Stan Reeves, and others for download. Check it out.

before lunch

I didn’t post much last week. Sometimes I have a hard time getting to my computer long enough to make a blog post. when I do, I can only post just a small fraction of the tremendous amount of work volunteers continue to accomplish here in Lakeshore. We stay busy. For example, this morning we have a team from Grace Heritage Church – Auburn, AL building another shed for the distribution center. Later they will go to Mrs. Speeds and install her last kitchen cabinet, hang the interior doors, and lay the baseboards. George and Kathy Nelson are in the kitchen cooking up a big noon meal with the help of some folks from Ellison ridge, MS. We have a group of ladies from New Hampshire working in the distribution center stocking shelves. After lunch they plan to head to Mrs. Gillum’s house to paint. The Men from new Hampshire are working at Diane Stuflett’s hanging sheet rock. Guys from Burnt Hickory Baptist Church, Towersprings, GA are building the porches at the Green’s house and installing the last of the siding at James and Bea’s.. Another team from Mississippi are pulling off siding at John Richard’s house and replacing the windows. A couple from Calhoun City, are painting a mural on little Gabe’s wall. We’ve been to Home Depot for materials, set up a dirt delivery, put together 80 Thanksgiving gift boxes (orchestrated by our great friend Bob Turner of HIghlands Fellowship – Abingdon, VA), made plans for teams coming in the next few weeks, and at least a hundred other things – a typical day in Lakeshore; All before lunch.

Semester Missionaries Needed

Lakeshore Baptist Church needs energetic college or seminary students willing to spend their Spring or Summer (2008) semester working in the relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts on the gulf coast. In partnership with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, qualified and approved semester missionaries will receive travel, insurance and an honorarium ($75 per week of service) from NAMB. The church will take care of housing, food, and local travel expenses.

NAMB Ministry description:

The community of Lakeshore Mississippi took the brunt of hurricane Katrina. Two years later the area still suffers from the massive devastation left in the storms wake. Lakeshore Baptist Church continues to host, house, and direct volunteers from across the country as she ministers to gulf coast residence through running a food distribution center, cleaning property, rehabbing houses, constructing new homes, encouraging the distressed, proclaiming the gospel, holding church services, and bathing the community in prayer.

The student missionaries will benefit from serving with us by utilizing and stretching their gifts and talents through participating in an incarnational ministry of making a tangible difference in the life of storm victims and hurting people. They will work along side volunteers from across the country making valuable ministry contacts as they develop relational and leadership skills. Students will enhance the ministry capacity of a missional church desiring to see God glorified at every level of their communities life.

We would love to see energetic passionate students come work with us this as we weld the relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts to a Christ-centered, God-exalting, Bible-saturated, confessionally rich, gospel driven ministry of hope.

If interested, visit NAMB’s Answer the Call web site, fill out an online application, and email me about your desire to come help Rebuild Lakeshore to the glory of God.

Toppled vehicle

Upside down van

We snapped this picture in Lakeshore 5 days after the storm. The Gulfview elementary school had already become a staging ground for search and rescue personnel, but some of the debris, like this upside down van still remained. Later we gained access to the grounds and convinced FEMA to establish a POD (point of distribution) for water and ice in Lakeshore rather than requiring residence to make their way into Waveland for necessary supplies.

Email overload

Last week I mentioned our web site woes where you were unable to leave a comment to a blog post. Our friend, Stephen Ake, helped track down the problem. I’ve always used our church email address for communications, but apparently when we launched the Rebuild Lakeshore web site, email addresses for this domain were also created. These emails have been piling up on the server and filling our allotted space. Long story short, the limitation caused problems for our blog database. I’ve now retrieved the 11,909 unread emails. Yikes. Most of them are spam, but I’ve already spotted a good number of legitimate emails in there. I feel so bad, because some of them come from folks wanting to make mission trips to Lakeshore, send donations, or other pertinent communications. I hope people didn’t think I was ignoring them – I never received the emails until now. Many of them date back to 2005. I will go through the massive inbox, cull out the spam, and respond to the messages. It may take me some time. I appreciate your patience.



Those of you who worked on the Moran’s house last month will rejoice to know that folks from Illinois hung the gypsum board this week. Lord willing, we will rock at least four other houses in the next few weeks. We could sure use some folks who can mud and finish dry wall to plan a trip soon. Actually, if you plan to be with us between now and Christmas, you may want to take a weekend workshop on finishing sheet rock before you come. The skill will serve well on your trip.