A Little Training Goes a Long Way

Great news came out of New Bern, North Carolina tonight. Memorial Presbyterian Church from Elizabethton, Tennessee rolled into town with 2 Sheds of Hope. Last year, Memorial had pre-built 4 Sheds of Hope for storage at the Rome Warehouse, and this year they had pre-built 2 more. Instead of taking them to Rome, they loaded them up and took them to the new Disaster Response Staging Area (DRSA) at Village Chapel PCA in New Bern. They will be used to store equipment and supplies. Memorial PC is about 360 miles from New Bern.

Lake Oconee Presbyterian Church in Eatonton, Georgia has pre-built 24 sheds since January 2017. As part of their  regularly scheduled build last week, they pre-built 4 Sheds of Hope. These will head to their destinations as soon as our DR staff has evaluated the needs in the flooded area. Lake Oconee is about 425 miles from New Bern.

It is so exciting to see that churches that have been trained are well prepared to meet the disaster head on.

Thanks to all the men and women who make Sheds of Hope possible, who support the ministry with their time, skills and resources.

For the response to Hurricane Florence, Memorial and Lake Oconee are the closest churches that have had training in pre-building Sheds of Hope. As more churches get trained, we hope to reach our goal to have a network of churches trained and prepared to supply Sheds of Hope within a 300-mile radius of a disaster.

If you would like to get trained in how to build Sheds of Hope, give me a call and let’s get you on the schedule. Over the next few weeks, I will be in Michigan, Georgia and Texas, training churches.

 

SmartBench and Its Teammates

The MNA Disaster Response Warehouse in Rome, Georgia gets a new fleet of wheeled benches. I was able to bring a SmartBench from our Dallas Warehouse, outfit two supporting workbenches, enabling the three benches to work together for the pre-building of Sheds of Hope. We have all of these benches at our Dallas Warehouse, but this line got wheels so that they can be moved around the Rome Warehouse as needed. This will greatly help with layout and pre-building. We are going to schedule a training class late summer early fall. Dates for this training will be available soon.

6 Dads and 11 Kids

Park Cities Presbyterian Church is helping the next generation get an idea of what it is like to help people. They pre-built a Shed of Hope at the Dallas Disaster Response Warehouse on Friday, and on Saturday they set up two Sheds of Hope for families in Rowlett. It was a cold day on Saturday, but everyone worked hard and got the two Sheds of Hope finished in just 4-1/2 hours. The kids loved using the drills, and now the dads know what to get them for Christmas! Make sure it is an impact drill. 🙂

1 Hour and 18 Minutes

It’s amazing how much can be accomplished in just 1 hour and 18 minutes. Thanks to the newly developed scaffolding, the fine-tuning of the pre-build process, and the careful assembly by volunteers at churches and at the Dallas warehouse, teams setting up Sheds of Hope have become more and more efficient. It doesn’t take long to deliver a blessing to a family, and share the smiles, stories and hugs that can bring the love of Christ a little closer to wounded people.

Teams from Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas have been going to Houston to help build Sheds of Hope since the fall of 2017. These teams leave Dallas on Thursday evening, build Sheds on Friday and Saturday getting back to Dallas Saturday evening. Teams can build 3 to 4 sheds depending on the weather and location of the builds.

Time-lapse of Building a Shed – Sheds of Hope from PCPC Video on Vimeo.

During our last trip, we had one of our biggest challenges. Thankfully, the team was up to the task, setting up a Shed of Hope between a fence and the house with about 2″ to spare. These teams have a mind and heart to work. This one finished the job at about 8pm on Friday. It was their 3rd Shed that day.

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The First Week of New Year

From January 1 thru 7, thirty able workers from three states accomplished the following, which inspired this song to be sung to the tune of the 12 days of Christmas. Sorry, but for some reason I couldn’t get this tune out of my head while thinking about this blog.

On the first week of New Year some great folks gave to Houston:

100 sheets of Sheetrock
30 able workers
20 sheets of plywood
1 refit kitchen
1 reno’d bathroom
1 pre-owned car
1 Shed-all-painted
8 buckets of mud
7 happy families
6 teens a-helping
5 Sheds of Hope
4 front doors
3 cans of paint
2 leaders leading
And 1,000 donated work hours!

(Speed-talking announcement)
Cities represented were: Naperville, Birmingham, Atlanta, and Augusta. No animals were hurt or endangered, except for a few cockroaches.