Cut Loose and Ready to Roll

The portable building is now separated into its three units. The axles, tires and tow bars have been installed, and Christian is taking out the last blocks that have been supporting it for the past twelve years. Although wind and rain are expected tonight, it should be cleared out by noon tomorrow in good time for the scheduled move. Everything has been cut loose, and the trucks should be ready to roll on Thursday morning. The units are moving to their new home in Van, Texas, where they will be reconnected and become a home for two families.

Pray for this move and for the trailers to get reconnected before any more rain comes through our area.

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.