Still Gutting

house gutting

We spent months sending volunteer teams to hundreds of homes in our area, gutting the houses down to the studs to prepare for rehab. Most homes have been cleaned out by now, but every so often we find a house still needing demolition work. Last week a strong college group from California helped a young couple, Jennifer and Kyle, finish pulling nails from studs, ripping out ceiling sheet rock, removing insulation, and getting the house ready for this week’s electrical crew from Pennsylvania.

December wrap-up

As we wrapped up 2006, God saw fit to send us 17 teams from 11 different states in the month of December. We praise God for the contributions they made to the ongoing rebuilding efforts and the encouragement they brought during the holiday season.

  1. Calhoun Baptist Association – Calhoun City, MS
  2. Church of Pembroke Pines – Pembroke Pines, FL
  3. Decatur Baptist Church – Decatur, AL
  4. Edgewater Christian Fellowship – Grants Pass, OR
  5. First Baptist Church Crystal Springs – Crystal Springs, MS
  6. First Baptist Church North Augusta – North Augusta, SC
  7. Grace Bible Church – Canton, GA
  8. Grace Evangelical Congregational Church – PA
  9. Harvest Community Church – Charlotte, NC
  10. Immanuel Baptist Church – Louisville, KY
  11. James Sanders’ group – Madisonville, TX
  12. La Crosse Baptist Church – La Crosse, FL
  13. Midway Baptist Church – Meridian, MS
  14. Pleasant Hill Baptist Church – Bogue Chitto, MS
  15. Sierra First Baptist Church – Alta, CA
  16. UC Davis – Davis, CA
  17. Yalobusha Baptist Association – Coffeville, MS

Making a door

Making a door

Well, that’s one way to do it.

We built hundreds of sheds for Lakeshore residents living in FEMA campers. Each design sort of took on the character of the team building them. These sheds provided much needed storage space for people living in very cramped conditions. Many families use the sheds for their washing machines and dryers as they struggle to live, work, and go to school in housing designed for weekend get-aways. The sheds make life a little more bearable while they begin rebuilding their homes.

Happy New Year 2007

Happy New Year from Lakeshore. The busy Christmas holiday season winds down, but activity remains constant. We saw several groups in the month of December (I’ll try to post a list this week.) I guess that today I should spend time reflecting on all that God accomplished this past year and look forward to the next, but both thoughts overwhelm me with gratitude and trepidation. God continues to flood us with his grace in the way of willing volunteers eager to serve and minister to our community in tangible constructive assistance and encouragement.

We plan to bring the new year in with a bang – the bang of hammers and nail guns, that is. We have about 2 dozen active projects still in the air and hope to move several families into their new homes this month. Keep checking the blog for updates.

I receive several emails from those of you interested in houses you worked on while here in Lakeshore. Lord willing, in 2007 I plan to provide more particular news on the progress of individual projects. I suppose that counts as a new years resolution.

I also want to adopt Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions as my own this year, especially in regard to the rebuild Lakeshore ministry God has granted.

Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions:

1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.

2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new invention and contrivance to promote the aforementioned things.

3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.

4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.

5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.

read more of Edwards’ resolutions.

The Shiyous – Home for Christmas

The Shiyou's House

When I returned to Lakeshore after the storm and began visiting each of our church members homes, I found the Shiyou’s house in shambles. The storm surge topped the roof, shifted the structure from its foundation, and left it beyond repair. Heavy equipment finished the job and brought the house down to the slab.

The detached car port survived, so we enclosed the walls, ran plumbing for a bathroom and small kitchenette, and turned it into a 400 sq foot apartment. This week a team from South Carolina will pick up where last week’s Pennsylvania team left off and franticly try to make the tiny dwelling place inhabitable by Christmas.