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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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God's perfect plan steve with a kid on plane

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the only four that found free seats

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last service before we depart

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At our last service before we depart, Chris and Craig are seen here with Don S. Our last service at church was a well attended baptism service. We'll miss our home church and family for the short time we're away

Departure Day!

We'll be flying out of LAX today! Flight info can be found here But before we leave, we have one final presentation with the kids at church. We'll be telling them what we'll be doing, as well, as possibly receiving a blessing from the kids. It's been a very sweet tradition from the kids ministries at church, and quite humbling. We'll try and post pictures when we can. If you're hoping to say goodbye to the team in person, we'll be at the Continental terminal at about 10p tonight. Thanks for all your support, and here we go!

Photos from previous HfH volunteer

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Found these photos from a previous HfH volunteer Pics were taken much closer to time of Katrina, and show some damage. As we've said before, the devastation is a little hard to visualize as the clean up has continued. When you move around Biloxi, you often just see what seem to be empty lots, not realizing you're looking where neighborhoods once stood
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Interesting story on Habitat Homeowner

While browsing through local Biloxi news stations, found this story about a habitat owner (in South Carolina) that gave back the deed to his house.. Video available here

2009 04 22-Update-things often change

We often get asked what will we be doing when we get out to Mississippi? This question is often asked even from our own team members. Will we be building homes? The answer is yes. But the stage of the homes we will be building is often determined by whatever group has come before us. The first year, 2007, we were fortunate enough to be able to pick up the work immediately after they had poured the slab, so we were able to erect the framing of the home. That's fun and exciting, but with Habitat, you could be picking up the work at any point. Last year, we worked to cut and assemble sections for a once-in-a-lifetime visit from President Jimmy Carter, who would be visiting for the Jimmy Carter Work Project the week following our visit. So we'll let you know exactly what we'll be doing once we know, which will be most likely when we're standing on the work site. But as far as housing, the first two years, we were staying at Yankie Stadium, in Biloxi Mississippi. Thi…

Flashback...

As Art returns to Biloxi this year, I'm sure he'll be looking forward to serving, helping the cause, meeting new people, and working alongside his Evergreen buddies But.. in checking our videos, I found one from 2007 that apparently was never posted I think Art is also looking to return to The Shed. This was our first visit to Biloxi and our first visit to the Shed. Note: Just found out that indeed this was posted in 2007, but still, enjoy :)

2009 04 19-Team Commissioning

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We gathered at the same time at the same place. That in itself was a feat! Craig gave some opening words for us about our focus on the mission. Hopefully we'll be posting video and pics in the next few days. But did want to thank the Kiras (Kelly and Jared) for their contribution of 20+ Tshirts for the team members to wear. It's a really nice looking t-shirt, plus it helps us stay focused that we're a team. From Katrina 090419-Commissioning With all the Team members, and all the associated MSG (Missionary Support Group) members behind us, there were over 100 people near the front of the church to lay hands and pray for us. Their support is spiritual and practical as well. Our MSG's are our main support while we prepare for, during, and after our return from our mission trip. Many of the team members have their spouses acting as MSG Leaders. Thanks for the blessings guys Thanks to Marcus for these pics available via facebookFrom Katrina 090419-Commissioning

2009 04 18-Work Day at SGV

We had a work day. It was at church, partially as a practical way to help our church, partially as a way to get used to each other and working with each other. Evergreen SGV is setting up a garden on our church property. There are hopes if all goes well, to turn it into a community garden. Our Team was asked to build a few things. A couple Compost Bins and a few Raised Bed Planters

Team Commissioning this Sunday

If you're in the area and want to see the entire team at one place at one time.. :) We will be commissioned by the church at the 11am service this Sunday, April 19th. Pictures from last year are available

Local work project

This coming weekend, we'll be doing a little team bonding, a little training and a little work. In our church's continuing effort to explore ecological options, this habitat team will be working on making compost containers for the small garden on our church property. If the garden works well, there are some thoughts of opening it up as a community garden. This will also be good because with a team this large, when we get to Biloxi, we'll be splitting up, and we won't have that many times to work together as a full team.

Flight Info

For those of you wondering.. We will be gathering at the Continental Terminal on Sunday April 26th at 10pm for prayer and goodbyes :) Our flight info is as follows FLIGHT INFORMATION Mon, 27APR09 CO1094 U LOS ANGELES (LAX) 12:45AM HOUSTON BUSH INTL (IAH) 5:56AM 757-300 Mon, 27APR09 CO25251 U HOUSTON BUSH INTL (IAH) 7:20AM GULFPORT MISS. (GPT) 8:34AM ERJ-145 Sun, 03MAY09 CO25552 K GULFPORT MISS. (GPT) 12:00PM HOUSTON BUSH INTL (IAH) 1:22PM ERJ-145 Sun, 03MAY09 CO137 K HOUSTON BUSH INTL (IAH) 2:40PM LOS ANGELES (LAX) 4:20PM 737-800

2009 Prayer Letter

We're a couple weeks out, and here we go. Our team has been finalized, prayer groups have been formed and plane tickets have been booked. Our journey picks up some steam now. For those of you who are interested in supporting our project, here's our prayer letter, giving you more details about this trip, and the people that will be participating. Support LetterResponse form Thanks for your support!