We have evacuated Lakeshore. In the morning, I am taking my family, Jamie, Alison, and Zack’s Tulane roommate to Clifton Baptist Church in Franklinton LA where we will ride out the storm in their church buildings. We have done as much preparations in Lakeshore as possible. We expect to receive high winds and rain, but I do not anticipate any storm surge on the church property. Bob Turner and a small crew from VA plan to haul off the bunk houses and bring them to higher ground some time tomorrow. Our prayers are with those along the Louisiana coast where Gustav will more than likely make landfall. If I have internet access in our shelter, I will try to make further updates. For now its just a waiting game as we watch the storm pass.
We definitely will need help reconstructing much of what we dismantled over the last couple of days in Lakeshore. So, if you want to make plans to head our way after the wind dies down, we could use as many hands as would like to come. We have disassembled the kichen and housing will be limited, so if you come you will need to be self-contained. I’ll update conditions as soon as I return to the area.
Tropical Storm Gustav has everyone on high alert. We see no need to panic. All predictions indicate that we have at least five days before landfall. This far out, no one knows what the storm will do, but right now we sit in the middle of the cone of probability. That means we need to begin making plans to batten down everything in Lakeshore and evacuate if need be.
Our evacuation strategy includes multiple phases, depending on the severity of the storm and the probability of impact. We have partnered with our friends from the Jones County Baptist Association to secure our camp site and extricate essential items. In the next 48 hours we hope to have a better picture of the storms intentions. Folks from Jones county stand ready to head this way Friday evening to begin implementing our plans. As of now we are in a holding pattern as we watch for developments.
We appreciate everyone’s concern. Keep checking back for updates.
A group from Michigan is laying tile in the Smith house today as well as working in several other homes around Lakeshore.
The great folks from Oak Grove Baptist Church in Monticello KY did it again. They turned another pile of lumber into a beautifully framed house in short order. We can’t thank this church enough for their hard work and dedication to the ongoing rebuilding of our community. The above pictures represent three days work.
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.
Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.
Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.
Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.
-by Katharina A. von Schlegel, (German 1752) English translation by Jane L. Borthwick
We praise God for all the folks who came to work with us in Lakeshore in the month of July.
- Antrim Brethern in Christ – Chambersburg, PA
- Crossroads Church – Chicago, IL
- Ebenezer Baptist Church – Dacula, GA
- Emmanuel Baptist Church – Athens, AL
- Ephesus Church – Rincon, GA
- First Baptist Church – Madisonville, TX
- First Baptist Church – Merritt Island, FL
- First Baptist Church – Monticello, KY
- Grace Emmanuel Reformed Church – Grand Rapids, MI
- Grace Bible Church – Acworth, GA
- Green Valley Church – Hoover, AL
- Harmony Baptist Church – New Albany, MS
- Harvest Community Church – Huntersville, NC
- Heartland Community Church – Kansas City, KS
- Immanuel Baptist Church – Louisville, KY
- Kellyton Baptist Church – Kellyton, AL
- Park Avenue Baptist Church – Nashville, TN
- Plymouth Congregational Church – Oshkosh, WI
- Oak Grove Baptist church – Gray, TN
- Oak Grove Baptist Church – Monticello, KY
- St. Mary’s Catholic Church – Holliston, MA
This house represents hundreds of former Hancock County residence who lost their home in the storm and still have not been able to rebuild for one reason or another. Last week I received a call from the family that used to live in this house. She is a single mother with two children, a boy and a girl. She also cares for her handicap mother. This household of four has been living in rental property out of town. They desperately want to come home. We believe we may have the financing in place to make that happen. While we still have a few things to work out before we can commit to this particular project, I mention it to remind everyone we still have a long road of recovery left ahead of us on the Mississippi gulf coast.