Thank you for your ongoing prayer support as God works incredible things for his glory. Rebuild Lakeshore continues our relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts on the Mississippi gulf coast. While we diligently work out in the community with house construction, debris clean-up, demolition of blighted property, etc, much of our attention turns to the construction of our new church building. This summer should see the finalization of the design drawings with ground breaking soon to follow. Keep up with us as we begin to put together a construction schedule and recruit volunteer teams for the project.
As we shift gears and enter into the next stage of storm recovery, we have lost a valuable member of our team. Jamie Dunbar served well for 6 years. the Lord has led her back to her home state of Wisconsin to be near her family. Her absence has created a void in our work and hearts. While no one could replace Jamie, many of her tasks need to be shuffled to others. I have been praying that God would send us someone to spread the load. I assume God had someone in mind, perhaps from one of our volunteer teams, to come down and lend a hand for a while. I specifically prayed for a young man that I could invest my life into and perhaps serve as somewhat of an intern in the mercy ministry. As God usually does, he answered my prayers in a richer fashion than I would have dreamed and has raised up a young man from within our local community.
Let me introduce you to Trevor Patterson. Trevor was only 14 when Hurricane Katrina decimated our area. Some of our earliest volunteer teams helped rehab his flooded home. Fast forward 6 1/2 years and God has grown Trevor into a strapping young man with a heart for the Lord and a desire to serve. Without going into all the details of his difficult post-Katrina teenage years, suffice it to say the Lord radically saved Trevor and turned his life around. I had the privilege of baptizing Trevor earlier this year.
Trevor jumped into the Rebuild Lakeshore work-flow with both feet a few weeks ago, leading volunteer teams and working hard along side of them. We plan to move him into the little cottage here on the church property so that he can be available to the 24/7 ministry. Would you consider financially supporting Trevor in our new intern program? We’ve worked out a budget of $1000 a month that will cover expenses associated with his position as well as providing him a small stipend for personal needs. The semester of our program will span the 7 months of June-December of 2012. Please download this form to direct your contribution to invest in the life of this young man and the work of the ministry here for God’s glory. As the Lord turns tragedy into triumphant praise to his name, I praise God that he sees fit to use us in the spread of his fame.