Radio Interview With Dick Forrester

After I had the joy of training a group from Lake Oconee Presbyterian Church, the newly trained team began building two sheds for Albany, Georgia which had just suffered severe storm damage. This Community Spotlight Radio Interview with the leader of the Lake Oconee team, Dick Forrester, was recorded the week after the shed-build.

 

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.

Tornado Hit Van, Texas – 2 Killed, and 3 Still Missing

The EF3 Tornado hit Van on Sunday night at about 8:45 pm. It is estimated that about 50 homes were destroyed and about another 50 were damaged. The tornado came up quickly, giving residents only minutes to find cover. The impact of the tornado was felt over an area about 1/4 mile wide and about 1 mile in length.
Pray for the ongoing rescue effort and the many people that are still in the hospital.

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

Being Made Perfect Together through Christ’s Work

Orchid & BirdText to ponder this week

Hebrews 11:39-40 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Thoughts to ponder this week
  1. Is my future reality a present comfort in the midst of current suffering?
  2. Is my future hope in the finished work of Christ alone?

Suffering Heroes Show Us That Faithful Living May Not Be Rewarded in This Life

Text to ponder this week

Hebrews 11:35b-38 Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy— wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

Thoughts to ponder this week

1. Humanity is in rebellion against God and in that state, judges faithful followers to be unworthy of life.

2. Our depravity as a human race is seen at its depth against those who are created in His image and live by faith.

3. Depravity is the absence of grace.

Triumphant Heroes Show Us That Faithful Living Is Hard to Identify

Text to ponder this week

Hebrews 11:32-35 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection.

Thoughts to ponder this week

1. Don’t allow personal failures to rob you of living the rest of your life by faith.

2. Don’t be quick to disqualify others because of personal failure; they may very well be living by faith right now.