Nearly six years after Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of condemned properties still remain standing as ghostly reminders of the storms devistation. As Lakeshore Baptist Church continues her mission of mercy we have partnered with Hancock County to rid the community of blighted properties.
Tommy Kidd, the county’s Solid Waste Department head, has been working hard to locate homeowners, acquire a “right of entry,” obtain a permit, and oversee the logistics of placing a dumpster on site. We can then step in to do the manual labor that will communicate a world of hope to our comunity.
These images represent the first handful of addresses our volunteers plan to tackle. Through this new partnership, I foresee this job taking at least a few more years to see through to completion. For those planning a trip to Lakeshore, get your demolition gloves and hammers ready. We still have a lot of work to do for the glory of God on the gulf coast.
God has been blessing us with a great summer thus far. Our gracious volunteers from across the country continue to press forward in our ongoing relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts.
We have had over a dozen groups here in the month of June doing everything from tearing down Katrina destroyed houses to rebuilding homes from the ground up, to working in our distribution center, to helping us promote our upcoming Vacation Bible School, and everything in-between.
We praise God for the following folks who have ben with us in June 2011:
- Bridgeport Central Baptist Church – Indianapolis, IN
- Central Baptist Association – Rockford, AL
- Central Baptist Church – Decatur, AL
- Dumas Baptist Church – Dumas, MS
- First Baptist Church Locust Grove – Locust Grove, GA
- Friendship Baptist Association – Oneonta, Al
- Georgia BCM summer missions
- Mid-Maryland Baptist Association – Eldersburg, MD
- North Shelby Baptist Church – Birmingham, AL
- Shiloh Baptist Church – Hartford, AL
- Southwood Baptist Church – Beach Grove, IN
- Trinity Lutheran Church – Joppa, MD
- Versailles Christian Church – Versailles, IL