The Mercy House ministry of Lakeshore Baptist Church is going strong. With your help, we are able to touch dozens of families each week. Whatever gets donated, quickly finds its way into the homes of local folks who can use a helping hand. Recently someone donated an old sewing machine. A lady from our community took the machine and with hours of love saturated labor, produced this beautiful quilt. She gifted it to Mrs. Bea, in appreciation for the hard work she puts in at overseeing the distribution center.
Lakeshore Baptist Church, in partnership with the Mississippi Baptist Convention, hosted disaster relief training this past Saturday. Don Gann began the day with an introductory seminar, “Involving Southern Baptists in Disaster Relief,” Participants then received training in the following areas: Feeding Unit, Chainsaw Work, Chaplaincy, Childcare, Mud out/Tarping/Shower Trailer, and Basic Assessment. Over 50 people were involved in the training.
After lunch, cooked and served by the feeding unit team, the chainsaw crew practiced by downing a tree in front of the new church building. By the providence of God and the skillful work of the team, the tree fell precisely as intended. The work revealed, however, how rotten the inside of the tree was. If we had not cut it down, it would have soon come down on its own and hit either the church or the power lines. We praise the Lord for his hand of safety.
We highlighted the day with the prayer that our training would be needed as little as possible. Visit the MBCB website for more information about how you, and your church, can get involved with Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief. I can not thank everyone enough, especially Don Gann, for a very successful day to the glory of God.
We had a great week with our good friends of Cross and Resurrection Church, Ann Arbor MI. As they drive home today, we pray for their safe travel and rejoice in the partnership we have enjoyed with them over the years. They made an all male mission trip this year and the guys accomplished a lot of work this week, not the least of which was a much needed massive cleaning of the bunk house kitchen.
When Lakeshore Baptist Church voted to build “The Bunk House,” we envisioned a day when we would complete the Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts and then continue using the facilities to host camps, retreats, conferences, etc. Its time to make that dream a reality. Would you like to be a part of it? If so, we could use your help this summer.
Top of the list – we need to decommission all the temporary housing. The quonset huts have seen their glory days. We are looking for some groups this summer to dismantle the sleeping quarters, and reclaim the grounds. This will include sorting through all the left over building materials, the demolition and moving of old sheds, and other things; all in an effort to transform the back area of the property into a well kept facilaty.
Do you have a green thumb? Landscaping and the planting of trees on the church property keeps getting pushed down the list of priorities. I would love if we could begin doing some of this type of beautification in 2016. The gulf coast serves as a wonderful fertile ground for God’s glory to be seen through His creation.
We have several other wonderful ideas that depend on partnering with groups coming down to the coast for a mission trip. Many of them hinge on how many churches and teams we can put on the calendar for this year. Talk it up and start planning your trip.
The Mercy House still serves our community with clothes, food, and household items. This huge ministry that the Lord has granted us always can use hands to sort clothes, work with donations, etc. For many people, working in the distribution center holds the best memories of their mission trip to Lakeshore. I’ve been asked if this ministry opportunity is still available to folks coming on a mission trip. Absolutely! We would love to see you again!
In addition to getting the camp going and putting the finishing touches on the church building, we want to continue ministering to the needy of our comunity. While most home repair projects these days can’t be tied directly to Katrina relief, the need still exists. Weather its a handicap man with a leaking roof, or an elderly lady with broken front steps, or some other need, Lakeshore has become known as a place where God’s people step up to the plate and lend a helping hand. Plan a mission trip to Lakeshore and everyone in your group will have something to do to the glory of God. We look forward to seeing you this summer.
Rebuild Lakeshore is excited to partner with the Mississippi Baptist Convention. We will host the 2016 Regional Disaster Relief Training, February 27 at Lakeshore Baptist Church. If you are part of a Southern Baptist Church in Mississippi, we would love to see you. Being trained will prepare your church for mobilization in the event of a disaster. Training will include the “Involving Southern Baptists in Disaster Relief” seminar, and then break-out sessions covering Feeding, Chainsaw, Chaplaincy, Childcare, Mud out/Tarping/Shower trailer, and Basic Assessment.
Training will begin at 8:00 am. The cost is only $7 per person which covers a background check and ID card. Yellow hats and T-shirts will be available for purchase. For more information contact Don Gann, Men’s Ministry/Disaster Relief director with the Mississippi Baptist Convention (601-292-3339).
If you would like to spend the night with us, Friday and/or Saturday, the Rebuild Lakeshore Bunkhouse is available.
A big “Thank-you” goes out to Mike and Naida Poirier for their time with us at Lakeshore Baptist Church. As most of you know, the Poiriers made several mission trips to the Mississippi Gulf Coast with their home church, Pioneer Valley Baptist Chapel of Chicopee, MA. In 2012, the Lord led them to sell their home, move to the gulf coast, and join Lakeshore Baptist Church. In God’s providence, they hit the ground right before we broke ground on the new church building. With his construction experience, Mike was instrumental in the entire project – from the bottom of the piling holes, to the tip of the steeple, and everything in-between. We can not thank him enough. He also served as the Volunteer Chaplain at the Hancock County Jail. Likewise, the Lord had a place for Naida to serve alongside Mrs. Bea at the Mercy House during their three years with us. 2016 brings another move for the Poiriers as they relocate to Jackson Mississippi and join Grace Baptist Church to assist in their new church building project. We pray the Lord will continue to use the Poiriers for His glory in Jackson.
Eight weeks ago we celebrated the dedication of our new church building and marked the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. While our beautiful new sanctuary did receive an official certificate of Occupancy from the Hancock County Building Department, we still have several little finishing touches to complete. This week a team of volunteers installed the sacristy sink, laid baseboards in the baptistery stairwell, re-routed a few light switches, and other things. Lord willing, a team next week will paint the soffit outside.
Many people have asked if we are still hosting volunteers; yes, absolutely. As far as the church building goes, we still need someone to hang the siding on the front gable end and several other things. In addition to the building, we always have more work than hands to accomplish it all. For example, the team this week is also constructing some clothing racks for our distribution center at the Mercy House. So please, keep us in your prayers and if you would like to take a mission trip to Lakeshore, we would love to serve the Lord with you as he continues to make His glory known on the gulf coast.
On August 30, 2015, 10 years and a day after Hurricane Katrina, Lakeshore Baptist Church will celebrate the construction of our new church building with a dedication service. With a seating capacity of 200+, we pray that the facilities will overflow with praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for years to come.
For our “Sunday School” hour at 9:45 we will have a special speaker, Pastor Todd Wilson of Grace Covenant Baptist Church, Birmingham Alabama. The main service will follow at 11:00, led by our Pastor Don Elbourne.
We extend a warm invitation to our entire community to attend the day’s events to the glory of God.