As the Christmas season approaches many of you have asked about our plans to bless those in Lakeshore still going through a very difficult time. Our church has begun compiling a list of families in our community who we can touch with Christmas gifts for their children. On our end Mrs. Bea and the ladies in the distribution center maintain the list of recipients and our good friend Pam Lackey will serve again this year as the contact person for churches and individuals from across the country wanting to help meet specific needs, adopt families, and provide Christmas gifts. You can contact Pam at 678-860-0448 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much.
If you have been to Lakeshore, you know that we own an awkward shaped piece of property. In the image above, the green area represents the land owned by Lakeshore Baptist Church. The kitchen and distribution center sits on the far left, the metal church building in the middle section near the road, and the Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John quonset huts are in the area to the far upper right.
For the past few years we have been praying for an opportunity to acquire the two pieces of land in red and blue. This could square up our property and make the land more useful. We have been talking to the land owner of the property in the lower right corner. Up until now he has been unwilling to part with it. This past week he placed the land up for sale. He is asking $50,000 (or best offer) for the 100′ X 185′ lot. Although the property would serve the ministry well, we do not have the funds to buy the land.
We wanted to share this news with our friends and ask you to join us in prayer as we seek the Lord’s greatest glory in this matter. Perhaps someone may be interested in purchasing the property and donating it to the church as we continue ministering help and hope in the name of Jesus Christ to our community.
Half the month of October has already flown past and I have not yet posted a list of the teams who worked with us here last month. They all did an excellent job and we praise God for these partners in the ongoing efforts.
Alliance Church – Chetek, WI
Augusta Baptist Disaster Relief Team – Augusta, GA
Damascus Baptist Church – Hazelhurst, MS
Decatur Baptist Church – Decatur, AL
Emmanuel Reformed Baptist Church – Seatac, WA
First Baptist Church – Collinsville, MS
First Baptist Church – Senatobia, MS
Highlands Fellowship – Abingdon, VA
Michael Memorial Baptist Church – Gulfport, MS
Providence Presbyterian Church – Hilton Head Island, SC
A great group of students from the Campus Christian Fellowship of
Georgia Tech are working with us here in Lakeshore this week during their fall break. They have been hanging sheet rock throughout one of our new construction houses today.
Hurricane Katrina sent flood water over the roof of this workshop behind the Shyou’s home. We needed to remove the dilapidated structure. Lakeshore ingenuity brought the building down and students on Fall break from Mercer University made quick work of the clean-up.
I wish I had time to highlight every group that comes to work alongside of us in Lakeshore. A few weeks ago we had a great group of kids here from the Seattle area. I met their pastor, Dr. Robert Martin of Emmanuel Reformed Baptist Church, when I preached at the West Coast Reformed Baptist Pastors Conference back in April. One of their guys spent time with us this summer. I loved this picture of them on the beach in Lakeshore and wanted to use it to thank them, and all the groups like them that continue to come selflessly serve Christ on the gulf coast.