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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… Read More

Texas is the land of the “Big Sky” and that is one of the things I love about living in Texas. Over the last 12 days premature darkness covers the landscape and waterlogged streams, rivers and reservoirs are at their max. Along with the rain, has come damaging hail and powerful winds. The statistics are in, and over the last 2 weeks in North Texas, we have had 64 homes destroyed, 307 homes with major… Read More

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… Read More

I have been pastoring in the Presbyterian Church in America since 1989. Missions has always been close to my heart, and it has been my joy to lead numerous mission trips overseas and in the USA. Over the last year, I have been working with Disaster Response, primarily in Oklahoma. Drawing upon my training and experience in carpentry, I designed a new shed that could be built remotely, so that more people… Read More

This past weekend we saw a powerful phenomenon.  About 100 RUF college students from Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas descended on the Sheds of Hope warehouse. This far surpassed our usual 20-or-so volunteers. But we were prepared. In their wake, they left sheds standing where homes had been torn away. They left the hope for a new beginning. The shed in the photo is a new concept that will enable groups to build… Read More

Building Sheds for Disaster Victims Sheds of Hope Teams have built over 80 Sheds of Hope in and around the Oklahoma City area for tornado victims. Another 200+ are on the waiting list. Here’s a way that your group can help, whether it’s in Oklahoma or your own community. Any Size Group or Church Can Help ChurchGPS is providing a free plan to help groups in North Texas and Oklahoma pre-build panels… Read More

In and around Moore, Oklahoma “Sheds of Hope” are beginning to rise above the partially cleared rubble where houses once stood. The project is sponsored by the Presbyterian Church in America’s “Mission to North America” branch. Church teams have come from all over the country into the area and have built almost 70 sheds in the past few months. This week, a team from Maryland and another from Iowa helped build sheds for families who… Read More