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.

 

Shed-Building Ignites Thankful Hearts in Van

During shed-building in Van, many quick meals were shared like this one last week while we were moving the Metrocrest trailers.  The shed recipients of Van are so thankful that they have initiated the idea of a cookout for the churches that have helped them. On December 12th, we will rejoice together with food, fellowship, and fun for the whole family. Time and place: Saturday, December 12 from 2pm to 4pm on South Bois D Arc St., Van, Texas.

Pray that the churches who helped build sheds will be able to attend and that we will get to interact with many of the families in the area.

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.

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

John’s First Missionary Journey

Download and Print John’s February Mission Trip

John's Mission TripsMy first trip was a tremendous encouragement and blessing in three ways:

1. MNA – My first trip showed me the great respect and love PCA churches and members have for MNA. I received my first shirts a few days before my trip, and the Logo alone put pastors and church staff at ease. I saw a joyful willingness in others to have the opportunity to share the message of Sheds of Hope.

2. Church Reception – Churches that I visited along the way want more information and are excited be on the list for helping to provide Sheds of Hope in the event of a disaster within their Disaster Zone.

3. Sense of Call – I was deeply humbled and encouraged as I met with pastors and friends along the way. I felt your prayers, and with each stop I was emboldened to share about the work of Sheds of Hope. More than once, God put me in the right place at the right time. What a joy to see the delight in people’s faces as they caught the vision for helping others in times of disaster.

Praise:

  • Many contacts were established along the way
  • 3 Sheds were built on this trip (One of the sheds is being donated to a family whose trailer burned the week after the church had built the shed. They sought to train their people to be ready to build a shed after a disaster, and the Lord already had a place for it.)
  • 20 People were trained and will be able to build a Shed of Hope for their Disaster Zone
  • 9 Churches want to help build Sheds of Hope for their Disaster Zone when they are called upon

Prayer:

  • Building a Sheds of Hope storage shed at Bethel PCA
  • Disaster Response Workshop April 17-18
  • Follow-up with churches from first mission trip
  • Planning for second mission trip

Support:

One Time Gifts or Monthly Support can be given online through the secure website of MNA then

  • Click on “MNA Disaster Response – Sheds of Hope (Browne)” and
  • Press “Continue.”

Blessings, John

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.