We hope to have the Lizanas in their home by Christmas. An eager volunteer team from South Carolina hit the ground running this morning cleaning windows, hanging blinds, patching sheet rock, paining trim, and tackling several other items on the punch list.
The Lizana home suffered irreparable structural damage from the storm. We had to completely clear the lot and start from the ground up.. A beautiful new home now sits in its place.
Eighty-four year old Mr. George lived in Lakeshore before the storm. His mobile home took in several feet of water but the structure remained intact. He now lives in a cramped FEMA camper on his son’s property in Long Beach. Mr. George desperately wants to return home. Next week we plan to finish gutting and cleaning the trailer and begin the rehab process. If you visit Lakeshore in the next couple of months, you may work on helping Mr. George realize his humble dream.
Nearly half of December has flown by and I have not caught my breath from November yet. We praise God for the following teams who came to work with us last month.
- Sierra First Baptist Church â€“ Alta, CA
- Harvest Community Church â€“ Charlotte, NC
- Heritage Fellowship â€“ TN
- Lima Baptist Temple â€“ Lima, OH
- First Baptist Natchitoches â€“ Natchitoches, LA
- Northgate Baptist Church â€“ Beckley, WV
- First Baptist Church â€“ Altamont, KS
- Briggs Memorial Chapel â€“ Scooba, MS
- Decatur Baptist Church â€“ Decatur, AL
- West Congregational Church – Haverhill, MA
- Chapel on the Hill â€“ Cedar Grove, NJ
- Riverside Fellowship â€“ New Port Ritchie, FL
- First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs â€“ Crystal Springs, MS
- Forest Point Church â€“ Gastonia, NC
- Highlands Fellowship â€“ Abingdon, VA
- Calvary Baptist Churchâ€“ Holland, MI
- Calvary Baptist Church â€“ Carney Point, NJ
- Grace Baptist Church – Cape Coral, FL
- George and Kathy Nelson â€“ Meridian, MS
- Ellison Ridge Baptist Church â€“ Winston, MS
- Trinity Lutheran Church â€“ Joppa, MD
- First Baptist Church of Saltillo â€“ Saltillo, MS
- First Baptist Church of Benton â€“ Benton, AR
- Welchland Baptist Church â€“ Spencer, TN
- Mt. Harmony â€“ Riceville, TN
- Reunion Church â€“ Chicago, IL
Yes, we stay busy!
Another house begins. We poured Mr. Sherman’s slab yesterday, on his wife’s birthday. The new house sits in the same location of the one destroyed by the storm; a home the couple had lived in for 50 years. They showed overwhelming appreciation toward the teams from California and Oregon working the concrete. We pray that God will use the ministry of team after team constructing the house to point this family to the wonder of Christ’s boundless grace.
We stayed so busy the week of Thanksgiving, I did not find the time to report on the wonderful week of hard work in Lakeshore. Check out Jamie’s blog for pictures and news. Eleven teams from nine states worked on several houses, including Ms. Peewee’s home, all culminating in a splendid Thanksgiving Day.
I hate to start mentioning particular names, because whenever I do, I feel the guilt associated with not being able to tell about all the wonderful people who come work with us, but let me highlight a few representatives.
I especially enjoyed seeing my friend Jeff Hill and his crew again from New Jersey. When Jeff arranged his first trip we soon learned that we both planned on attending the Together for the Gospel conference which immediately sparked a friendship.
I always love to see the folks from Grace Baptist Church. Thanksgiving week, Donald Johnson, the Ascol kids, and their crew served long hours in the kitchen. I finally did catch them square dancing in there one evening. We could have raised enough money to build the new church buildings if we would have sold tickets to see Donald doing the dosey-doe.
We also received an immense blessing from Paula Hamilton from Maryland, who I know faithfully reads the blog. Since the storm several individuals from across the country have gone above and beyond with encouragement and support. She stands among that group. Thanks Paula!
Satellite image of Katrina from the
U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
When planning a mission trip to the gulf coast, people often ask us about expected weather conditions. Those visiting Lakeshore a week before last wished they had packed heavier clothing. Last week the weather called for short sleeves and air conditioning. This week the temperatures dropped below freezing overnight and made me dig out my rarely worn winter coat and wool socks. I do not know what next week looks like, but I do not plan to store away my shorts. When you plan a trip to Lakeshore, I recommend checking the weather right before you head our way. Although I can not guarantee the accuracy of meteorological forecasts, for your convenience I have provided weather information and links in the sidebar of the web site. (Psalm 135:7, Job 28:25-26, Luke 8:22-25)