We Can Build Inside!

No more worries about the weather while we have the use of a 10,000 square foot warehouse in a great location – just a 15-minute drive to the disaster area. We look forward to seeing how quickly we can get more sheds delivered now that we have an indoor facility to pre-build sheds and load trailers, ready for deployment to families in need. See the schedule and get involved! More information is available on our new brochure.

Rowlett Under Construction

What follows an F4 tornado? Opportunities! Open doors! Rowlett, Texas was devastated by an F4 tornado on Boxing Day (December 26th), and an immediate curfew was put in place to protect against looting. But Sheds of Hope was springing into action. Ready for deployment, two sheds were already being readied for transport. Back in September, Bethel Church of Dallas had built two sheds and stored them in anticipation of the next disaster. Little did they know that a lady who had grown up in their church would be a tornado victim in December. Because of their preparations, as soon as the Rowlett curfew was lifted, Bethel was able to set up a shed on her property so that she could store her salvaged belongings. As of today, Sheds of Hope has identified nine families in the disaster area that are connected to PCA churches. We have set up three sheds on site. Park Cities Presbyterian Church of Dallas has set up one of the sheds that was pre-built by John Browne and Rick Lenz; Bethel Church set up the other pre-built shed and has two more in the pipeline. Christ Community Church of Frisco pre-built two sheds last weekend and will set them up soon. Volunteers are coming out to help with pre-building and set up. Why not get involved? You can pray, you can build, you can give. Whatever God puts on your heart, we can use! Please pray that as Sheds of Hope start rising in Rowlett, we will be able to talk to other families in the devastated area and be able to give them hope, and maybe a shed.

Training Teams and Leaders – Catch the Vision!

Volunteers from five churches were involved in building and setting up Sheds of Hope in Van, Texas this summer. I recently met with Park Cities Presbyterian Church, and plans are in the works to train twenty to thirty people while pre-building ten Sheds of Hope to be stored for future disasters.

This will take place over four weekends. The first pre-build will be to train key leaders, followed by three build-days that will provide opportunities for the key leaders to give oversight to volunteers.

Pray for more hands-on training for both young and old, as they love to see Sheds of Hope being built.

Shout-out To The Van, Texas Team

Seventeen sheds have been built in Van, TX, and one in Dallas, TX. A shout-out to Bethel Church – Dallas, and to Christ Community – Frisco who now holds the record for setting up a prebuilt shed in 1 hour and 28 minutes. Also, to Park Cities – Dallas, Grace Covenant – Dallas, GA, Redeemer Church – Waco, and to Brian Sterenberg from Denton Presbyterian who help build the one in Dallas. The final shed was finished in Van on September 23rd.

A Second Career Volunteer, Craig Gibson from Kingsport, TN, joined me on site in September. During the two weeks Craig spent in Van with me, we helped set up two pre-built sheds and built two sheds from scratch. We cut and built these sheds on the newly designed Sheds of Hope Workbench .

My support was at 31% at the end of March, 50% at the end of June, and is now 59% at the end of September. Thanks to all who are helping me minister to families and churches through Sheds of Hope.

Pray that I will be able to schedule more Sheds of Hope training workshops around the country.

Pray for South Carolina as they work through the recovery efforts after all of the flooding. Also for Corsicana and other areas of Texas after flash floods.

Pray that my support would be at 75% by the end of December.

Rebuilding Community – We’re not just about sheds!

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It’s exciting to see what a few sheds can mean to a community. As sheds have gone up in a low-income part of Van, it has encouraged the people to work together to improve their own homes. Paint is going on new siding, and there’s even talk of getting together for a cook out “like we used to do.” There is even talk that a playground may be given to the neighborhood as a result of a damaged school having to relocate. How about you? Why not get involved with Sheds of Hope – you can pray, build, give, and encourage others. All it takes is a little time and a lot of love.

Sheds of Hope – Where Do We Start?

1. DETERMINE POLICIES AND LEVEL OF INVOLVEMENT

“Weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15

Disasters take us all by surprise, so it is essential to plan now how you would like to be involved with Sheds of Hope. This will give you time to work with any committees, groups, or governing bodies to establish any necessary policies so that you can respond quickly when the time comes. It also helps us to be more efficient during a disaster, as we can contact you directly with a specific need. 

What is a Level of Involvement? It’s based on your location.

If a disaster happens within 100, 200, or 300 miles of your church, we invite you to pre-build sheds and get them ready for transportation. It’s up to you to decide the radius (100, 200, or 300). The larger the radius, the more opportunities you may have. Note: Beyond 300 miles is a bit far for us to transport the sheds economically, but you can always send teams to help set them up.

If a disaster happens within 50 miles of your church, rather than preparing sheds, we encourage you to make plans to allow Sheds of Hope teams to bunk at your church, or to allow your parking lot be used as a staging area. You might also allow the presbytery to place a shower trailer on your property for use by Sheds of Hope volunteers.

Next …

2. SET ASIDE THE $$$ FOR BUILDING AND DEPLOYING SHEDS

$1K = 1 Shed; $2K = 2 Sheds; $3K = 3 Sheds

If you are outside the 300-mile radius, instead of using the funds to build sheds, you might choose to get involved by using those funds to send a team to set-up Sheds of Hope that were built by other churches. This is a policy decision, so it’s good to decide this ahead of time.

Next …

3. TRAIN THE PEOPLE

Contact us to schedule a training event, or to join with other churches in a combined event. For a Pre-Built Shed, you will need 8 People for 8 Hours of training. For a Pre-Cut Shed, you will need 3 People for 3 Hours of training.

Now, wait for the call … when a disaster strikes, it takes about two weeks for teams to be allowed into the disaster area. You will use that time to pre-build the sheds you planned to build so they will be ready for delivery to the disaster site within two weeks.

Things you can do now to be ready …

4. PREPARE FOR ACTION IN THE CALM BEFORE THE DISASTER STRIKES

a. Recruit a Leader and Communicate the Opportunity to the church

b. Download the Shed Plan

c. Order one Shed-in-a-Bucket for each shed you plan to build (Coming Soon – Everything you will need to fasten a shed together.) These buckets can be stored at the church and opened when you get the call to build your shed(s).

d. If your church is within 50 miles of a current disaster, and you were planning to build sheds in the area, you can sign up to be part of our:

Two-Year Follow up Plan
• A shed and a family may be assigned to your church
• Paint the shed within one month of set-up, and if possible paint more than one shed during the same morning. Allow 1 hour per shed (Youth can paint a shed, but always have at least 2 adults with them)
• After you have painted your allotted sheds for the day, gather all the volunteers and families and have a lunch/dinner together. Example: bring Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and drinks for everyone and have the families share their stories and specific prayer requests. Take note of any follow-up needs and see that necessary actions are taken.
• Your church will be responsible for these families over the next two-years.
• You will go back to re-level and fix anything broken at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months from the set-up date and see how the families are doing. Each time, repeat the opportunity to have a meal together, have them give an update on how things are going, and ask for prayer requests. Note each of the prayer requests and remind them of any answered prayers, as your church has been praying for them.

Last, but not least! …

5. CONTACT US

Contact Us Directly Through Our Contact Form

John Browne
MNA Disaster Response Specialist, Sheds of Hope
Mission to North America

Disaster Response Workshop

Great for the Whole Family! Food, Information, Giveaways!

Help your family be ready in the event of a disaster. Mission to North America is offering a family focused Disaster Response Workshop at Bethel Church, 17990 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas on Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, 2015.

Schedule:

  • Friday, April 17 – 5:30 – 8:00 – FREE BBQ Dinner followed by Workshop One
  • Saturday, April 18 – 7:30 – 11:30 – FREE Continental Breakfast, followed by three more workshops

Some of the Workshops being offered:

  • Teaching children to prepare for disasters through interactive activities
  • Equipping your church to respond to disasters
  • HAM radio and social media during disasters
  • Preparing your family for disasters
  • Building Sheds of Hope
  • Assembling your 72 hr family kit
  • Introduction to CERT
  • Responding to disasters

Register Now! Click HERE 

  • Submit One Form for Each Person in Your Family 4 Years and Older Who Will Be Attending the Disaster Response Weekend.
  • Child Care Is Available upon Request

You are welcome to invite family, friends, and neighbors to take part in this Disaster Response Workshop!

Download our Disaster Response Workshop PDF Posters. This printable file includes a 11 x 17; and a 8.5 x 11; these are great for bulletins boards. Also, included are a 5.5 x 8.5 and a 3.5 x 8.5 flier for use as bulletin inserts.

Contact Rick Lenz at rlenz@pcanet.org or 817-690-8107 for more information.