James and Bea’s Foundation

James and Bea's Foundation
Nine months have past since hurricane Katrina completely demolished James and Bea’s house. I’ll never forget returning to the area in search of survivors and finding Mrs. Bea and James, sunburnt in the hot September sun, sitting on two salvaged chairs, living in a small tent with only the meagerest supplies sustaining their life.

It would take a book to relate James and Mrs. Bea’s story and the growing relationship we have enjoyed over the last 12 years of being their pastor; a relationship that has strengthened over the past nine months of working daily side by side. Their unmatched selflessness shines brightly against the bleak landscape of hurricane wrought devastation.

When churches from across the country began flooding my inbox and voicemail, I told James, “I’m going to need your help.” I really didn’t even have to ask, because his servants heart had already kicked into high gear providing assistance to anyone who needed it – and we all needed it.

James and Bea’s house now sits ready to be framed. Its listed as just a simple unadorned line on our growing volunteer project task list. James would not have it any other way. He does not want special favors, even though he denied going back to work to volunteer full time in our community rebuilding efforts. We even had to convince them to accept that much, since they did not want to take away from the help we were providing to others.
James and Bea's Foundation
If you would like to come help with this house, or similar projects, please call our church office at (228) 469-0110. We work with a very limited staff, so please leave a message and my administrative assistant JoEll, or our project coordinator, Greg London, will return your call. We need roofers, electricians, plumbers, framers, folks who can hang and mud sheet rock, finish carpenters, those able to lay flooring, painters, and other skilled help. We would love for you or your group to plan a trip to Lakeshore. We have housing and meal arrangements on our church property and host teams on a regular basis as we rebuild Lakeshore to the glory of God.

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

Foundations, Flooring, and Film Crews

Week of April 2

Saturday morning I posted a quick bullet list of some of the things acomplished last week. I promised pictures; see below. A team of Hebron Baptist teenagers armed with shovels dug trenches in preparation for the Ward’s footers. A framing crew erected the studs for a new house on Lakeshore road. A film crew from NAMB followed us around to document the work and plead for much needed continuing help. They plan to spotlight the ongoing efforts at this years Southern Baptist Convention. A team from Kentucky continued the work on Mrs. Violet Patterson’s home. The New Jersey crew began work on replacing Vic and Tammy Geauthreaux’s house. This just scratches the surface. Lord willing, I’ll post more pictures soon.

Week of April 2

Week of April 2

Week of April 2

Week of April 2

Week of April 2

Week of April 2