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Katrina 2009-Reflections from Team Leader Craig

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With the trip over and the dust settled, Craig made some notes about the team. On behalf of the team members, thanks once again Craig. Great job! As I reflect back on this year’s Katrina Gulf Coast Relief Team experience, I thank God for his faithfulness and care over our entire team. I was truly impressed at the way God took 21 guys and formed one cohesive unit. During pre-trip planning meetings, we focused more on building team unity via small groups and less on logistics. I know God honored our planning because we were fully prepared to do the work required, and then some. On our last night in Mississippi, the Lord gave me a verse that sums up the collective attitude of our team: Matthew 5:16: In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Through seemingly routine acts of helpfulness, kindness, and plain old hard work, our team lived out this verse and I’m certain that it caused others to praise God. H…

Presentation this Sunday!

Thanks again for all your support. Sorry I didn't remember to put this up sooner, but we'll be having a presentation this Sunday, June 14th, at our church, Evergreen SGV, immediately following our 11am service. A Big Old Meal will be provided, as well as a slide show and Q&A with some (believe, me, you don't want to hear all 21) of our team. We'd love to see you. Thanks again

Katrina 2009 - Footage from both groups

Chris and Keith's group raising walls Craig and Tommy's group raising the roof

Katrina 2009-Reflections by Keith

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From Katrina 2009 Team Keith was one of our four (Chris, Craig, Keith and Tommy) co-leaders on the team. He worked with Chris on the team that saw the most dramatic work, from cinderblocks to four raised walls. We cheered them on as they saw the fruits of their hard labor. Keith also was one of the cornerstone teachers for our devotionals. My final thoughts from the "Go with the Mo" groupThis week was a real testament to God's provision and power. To be able to take a group of 21 individual men and transform them into a loving and caring support team was an incredible sight to see. The construction aspect of this trip seems insignificant in contrast to the building up of the relationships that occurred and the example of Christ's love that was displayed. Even though we sweated through the heat and humidity, pounded a gazillion nails, and finally came to that point of utter exhaustion, I would sign up for this mission trip again in a heartbeat! This "band…

Katrina 2009-Reflections by Art

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From Katrina 2009 Team On this second trip, Art once again worked hard on the roof (and this roof was steeper), but also pulled double duty by shooting most of the pictures you see in our photo gallery. His real character showed throughout the week, with his honest, humble sharing in the devotional times, and taking the time to talk and care for the people he would meet This being my second trip to Katrina, I knew what the job entailed in terms of working on the job site. I wasn't looking forward to the hard work and aching muscles afterwards, but knew in my mind that a deserving family would be living in the house I helped build. On occasion we would work alongside family members putting in their hours towards home ownership. Not much socializing went on because we were focused on building a house. During dinner one night we heard that a Habitat family would be joining us one evening during the week. Habitat staff tries to invite future homeowners to join volunteers for d…

Katrina 2009-Reflections by Steve

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From Katrina 2009 Team Steve, Steve, Steve... Steve was one of the four men that has worked on the Katrina Missions for all three of our trips. His energetic and enthusiastic work ethic, combined with a sarcastic wit and a caring heart when he wonders if his words went too far, make him an integral part of our team. If you're ever wondering who writes the funnier and sometimes oddly worded captions for the photos, it's probably this guy. No matter what the situation on these trips, he's always kept on target with our goals, helping people, leaning on God for assistance and serving people with God's help and led by His spirit. KATRINA SHORT TERM MISSIONS OVERVIEW Even though we are one team of 21 guys, we were split into two main groups, Keith/Chris’s Team and Craig/Tommy’s Team. And within these teams, depending upon the task, we were divided again and then reconstituted when the job was complete and re-divided and reformed for the next. It made for a quite diverse …

coming home. last leg. everyone talking about seeing their families.

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2009 05 03-In Biloxi Airport

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We're just about to take off from Biloxi, but here's some pictures of the day so far Katrina 2009 05 03-Depart Biloxi Return to LAX

chris washes the window three blocks before we return the cars

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2009 05 02-Last day of work

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Katrina 2009 05 02-Last day of workKatrina 2009 05 02-Debrief and regroup at antioch We're done! We're coming home! And personally, I couldn't be more proud of my team. Although the sore muscles would make you think otherwise,if you look at a calendar, we were only able to work five days. But let me say that each and every day, everyone gave their all in every aspect of this mission. These men left their homes, families and jobs with the goal of aiding some people in dire need, and to do so in a way that honored God both by giving Him credit for their strength and motivation, but also in more subtle ways by being His ambassadors. Together as 21 men, we built a house. Truthfully, because of the size of our group, and the needs that were present, we worked on three houses. One where we finished the paint and insulation, one where we put a roof entirely on, and one where we started from nothing and put up everything except for the roof. I saw our men not bat an eye when …

Eating with Alex and PJ

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From Katrina 2009 Team This is Mo's 3rd of our (so far) three trips to Biloxi. This time, at SUMA, the temporary home for habitat volunteers, he had an interesting encounter. At the construction site we were told that there was a possibility that a future Habitat for Humanity homeowner might be eating dinner with us. They told us to be a little considerate and not bombard them all at once. I hoped to be able to shower before dinner, but we got back after 5 and dinner was at 5:30 (others were already using the shower). So, I did the best that I could to wash my face and make myself presentable in the dirty clothes I was wearing. I figured there would be little chance that I would be able to sit with one of them anyway, but God had other plans. When I got my meal, surprisingly there was a seat next to a little boy and a woman who apparently was his mother. So, thinking that God had plans for me to sit there I put my tray down. Eric, Chris and Gary were already at the table sitting …

2009 05 01-Morning Devotional and 4th day of work.

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Morning Devotional The day began with our morning devotional by Randy, who asked us to see how we might be different than the other groups that are working here. There could be a difference, or none at all It was noted not only that we stay up later, but there is a camaraderie, our times of worship and teaching, and we're all asian. We should also try to be intentional and take opportunities to make a difference, no matter how small, no matter how great. We should try to make a difference. Work Day More commentary and videos soon. Just.. we gotta sleep sometime :) Some of the guys who have the stuff we need to post are in small group right now, so it'll have to wait for a bit.. but check back.. We're going to focus a bit more on Chris and Keith's group today for two reasons. One, the blogger/photographer/videographer types are on the other team, and we want to be fair. The second is that THEY RAISED THEIR WALLS!! :) One aspect that is especially nice, and…

jeff and craig

hot hot hot

Start of a new day

It's our last official work day, but we'll be working tomorrow anyway Pray for good weather as we'll be either on the roof or exposed to the elements with a house without walls. Also, some of the guys are being carried more by enthusiasm and team spirit and want to make sure they don't get run down. Hearing some coughs in the group.. :( Thanks again

Reflection from Kaj

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Kaj is part of the team for the first time, but probably has the most practical knowledge of all the team. He's been really encouraging to everyone, teaching them techniques with the equipment, and being a strong encourager. From Katrina 2009 TeamI can't believe we only have 2 and 1/2 more days here. It's going by so fast. I am so thankful for being part of this team. Getting to know the men beyond just hellos at church is something I will cherish as I leave this place. Their love for the Lord and how they always keep him first in all that they do is just awesome to see. So far we have been doing all kind of fun stuff that gets us dirty. One joyful moment was when I was with my small group and we were gladly interrupted by a man who just wanted to talk. Before he left, James So, Jeff Leung, Eric Jue and I got to pray for healing to his back and for him in general. We were all blessed to have prayed for him. So far the funniest moment is something you could watch…

Reflection by Eric - There Are No Accidents

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Eric joins the team for the first time this year, and during one of our devotional times, he had an interesting encounter. From Katrina 2009 TeamThere Are No AccidentsOn Wednesday, 4/29, Kaji, Jeff, James and I had the opportunity to meet D. He shared that he was looking for Craig, our team leader. He heard about us after Craig responded to D.'s broadcast email request for Katrina carpool support. D. shared that he had not been able to work on his construction site (which is across the street from where we are working) due to lower back pain. We had a chance to talk about wanting to make a difference and our respective relationships with God. We got to pray for D., including how much God's loves us and how nothing can separate us from His love. We also prayed that God would alleviate or heal his back pain if it was His will. We saw D. at breakfast and at his construction site this morning. God healed his back pain enough so that he could work and accomplish what he cam…

2009 04 30-The Shed with new and old friends

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We made our annual trip to The Shed in Gautier, MS Joining us were Supervisors and Americorps leaders Brad, Victor and Kurt from Chris and Keith's group From Craig and Tommy's group, our co-volunteers and roommates Jim and Greg joined us. Also, Dave, our site manager from 2007 stopped by and joined us for dinner as well. Click below for pictures from dinner Katrina 2009 04 30-The Shed

2009 04 30-Third day of work

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3rd day of work at the site. Katrina 2009 04 30-3rd day of Work Your video for the day: Steve's notes on Chris and Keith's GroupThe day started cloudy,cool and abit breezy, a perfect day in my book to do manual labor. After our site manager, Brad opened our time with a quote from Martin Luther King, which was quite good for a young white guy doing an impression of a deceased black guy. He shared that you don't have to be an Einstein and understand Relativity. or the second law of thermodynamics in order to to be great. And you don't have to be rich or famous in order to be great. To be great, all you need is to be able to serve... Most of the guys from Chris and Keith's group (also affectionately called Go With the Mo) went to our site which basically consists of a foundation and floor joists. We were intending to finish nailing on the OSB sub-floor, but we soon found out that the foundation on one side of the house was not straight. Kev and Donna, a part timer …

the shed the food arrives

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the shed before

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late shift: tommy art kaj craig and peter stayed behind to tar paper the roof

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kaj

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leaders

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james craig randy

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kaj tommy art on roof

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Reflections on Day 3 (Work Day 2) from Jeff

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From Katrina 2009 Team Jeff is our team videographer. Once thought of as a nice smiling quiet guy, we've found his wit and humor to be sharp yet disarming. His shooting videos combined with Craig's editing late at night have given us great stuff, although I think even better stuff will be seen when we're at home and have time to work on the videos more. (To be honest, we've not had as much time to work on the blog because we've been having some really great small group time of sharing and worship.)Praise God for another beautiful day in Biloxi. It started out with clear blue skies and warmed up very quickly. A traditional breakfast of bacon and eggs was spiced up with a splash of southern hospitality - that's right grits; I made there was plenty for others to enjoy so i passed on this part of the meal. Team Craig continued with the completion of the roof. Some of the height challenged individuals had the opportunity to help move heavy bags of shingles off t…

2009 04 28-End of second day of work

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Morning Devotional Chris led us in a morning devotional before breakfast, focusing on how with the concerns we have at home and other parts of our lives, that we can reflect on Matthew 11, to come to God "all who are weak, weary and heavy laden." The encouragement was that God wanted our burdens more than He wanted us to bear them alone. With that, we started the day with breakfast and then going to the work site. Work Day Yes, we know that most of the posts on here during the day are us taking breaks. It's because we're working the rest of the time In the meantime, here's some pictures.. we'll keep uploading as the night goes on, so this photo album will change.. Our work site can be seen here. It's an old satellite picture, so no, you won't see us working, but you can see the area that we're working in.
View SGVHabitat.blogspot.com Gautier in a larger mapVideosChris and Keith's group was split between two jobs. Doing finishing work …

jeff and his plain cheeseBurger

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roy rich chris kelly steve building from the ground up

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break from the sun

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craig and 't' homeowners to be and hard workers

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art showing a hammer. spikes jeff tommy on roof

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randy and peter getting 35 cheeseBurgers

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day two start of work

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breakfast work day 2

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2009 04 28-First work day

Our team was split into two groups. One, we called "Go with the Mo" consisted of: Mo, Duane, Ward, Roy, Kevin, Chris, Steve, Kelly, Gary, Rich, Keith (who no one could remember who the eleventh guy was Keith, our church moderator) The other, unnamed group consisted of: Craig, Tommy, Kaj (Brent), James, Jeff, Baldwin, Randy, Peter, Eric, Art Keith's group worked on Interior work (insulation, painting, detail work, finish work) Their work practically finished up the house before sheet rock Part of their team began cutting lumber for the new house they'll begin work on tomorrow. That house will begin working from the ground up, literally starting from a foundation. Craig's group worked on putting on rafters and roof supports, then the plywood sheets on the roof of a house in process. There was also a deck that was built from scratch. The begin of the day We started this morning with our team assignments, then breakfast, followed by a short devotional by Peter…

randy eric and peter going to walmart for more drinks. guys are working hard

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2009 04 27 Evening worship

This year, two of our team members, Chris and Rich, brought their guitars. It was for the purpose of leading us in songs of worship, like we do at church. It was really encouraging and inspiring to be singing "Resting Place" about building a home where we wish God to dwell, while standing on the remains of what was once a building. Art and Baldwin helped in leading our time. Afterwards, Keith did a devotional teaching challenging us as men to face our fears of failure... As men, as husbands. We broke up into smaller groups to share with one another and to pray and encourage one another. We hope that this process of making us better men will enable us to be able to serve God better both while we're building the homes for those in need, meeting the people along the way, and being able to be more authentic when we return home.

2009 04 27-Note from Team leader Craig

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From Katrina 2009 Team Hi all, After an inspiring and encouraging send off at LAX, we arrived in Biloxi safely and without incident. After a driving tour of Gulfport and Biloxi, including our probable work site, we enjoyed fellowship over a nice cajun/creole lunch at New Orleans Cafe in the nearby town of D'Iberville. We're now settling in at SUMA, our home for the next 5 nights and awaiting our 5:00 p.m. orientation meeting with the HFHMGC Volunteer Staff. Of course, most of the guys made a WalMart run this afternoon for the little homely touches like pillows, sleeping bags, hand soap pump dispensers and paper towels and essentials like bug spray and sunscreen. The team seem to be upbeat, adjusting to the new surroundings and hoping for continued good weather. Tommy hooked up the wireless router to his cell phone and we now have wi-fi. I'm glad we have a bunch of competent IT guys on our team. So far, everyone has been playing nicely and despite the lack of sleep…

Kids Commissioning

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About half of the guys were able to attend the Kids Church school to explain about our trip, and also to receive a blessing from the kids. (Unfortunately, there was also a baptism service going on at the same time, and some of our guys had friends and relatives in there) But during the time with the kids, they showed some sample tools, and talked about how serving to build homes for those in need was another way to show people that God loved them Kids Church Commissioning 04.26.09

duane didn't know what a hush puppy was. he did order the seafood sampler

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lunch at new orleans country cajun kitchen

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