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2010 Team presentation videos up

At our church, after any team goes on a mission project, we typically have a presentation for the people back at home that sent us. This year, since we had the two teams, we decided to have a joint presentation of both the Coed and Men's teams.

Thanks to Brian Sueyoshi's recording, we were able to capture our combined team presentation on video.

Once again, you can double-click to see it full screen

Evergreen SGV Katrina 2010 team Presentation Part 1/2 from SGV Habitat on Vimeo.Evergreen SGV Katrina 2010 team Presentation Part 2/2 from SGV Habitat on Vimeo.

2010 Leaders Summary

From 2010 Men's Team-Day 5-Live

Notes from Craig Kakihara, leader of the 2010 Men's Team...

Pictured here with Calvin Harris, the HFH construction driver for whom he prayed at the job site....

After three years of leading Evergreen men to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, one question I am frequently asked is “How was this year’s trip compared to last year? Usually, my answer is “Every year is different.” However, one thing remains the same: God always gives me reason to thank and praise him.

1. Praise God for safety on the job sites –only one near miss as Peter, by the grace of God, was spared from falling off of the roof.

2. I thank God for team unity and the commitment each man made to ensure that this trip was all about Jesus and not self.

3. Praise God for people who received prayer from our team – Kathy, a future homeowner putting in sweat equity, received prayer at the job site. Calvin, a Habitat for Humanity construction staff member received prayer that God would contin…

2010 Coed Team Compilation Video

Thanks to Frank for putting up this look back at the Coed Team's experience in Biloxi!

Once again, you can click on the video to make it full screen

Coed Team 2010 from SGV Habitat on Vimeo.

2010 Men's Team Compilation Video

Here's the video that we used at today's presentation. Very moving. Thanks for putting it together, Gary!

If you're viewing this, it looks even better full screen (you can double click on it)

All Work & All Pray from SGV Habitat on Vimeo.Evergreen SGV ( Katrina 2010 Men's Team Final Presentation video. Summarizing the mission trip of 13 men in partnership with Habitat For Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (

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2010 Men's Team-Day 6-Bu Cam

Strapped the BuCam on Bu for our deplaning. Was nice to show you what it's like to be greeted by our supporters, and especially his family :)

SGVHabitat 2010 Men's Team-Day 6-BuCam-LAX-720p from SGV Habitat on Vimeo.

2010-Men's Team-Reflection from Jonathan

`It's been a couple weeks since we got back, and in some ways, it seems as if it was a year, some ways it seems like it was yesterday.

When we returned, there was much to do, including assimilate back into our "normal" lives.

Sorry it took so long to put this up, but here's Jonathan's Note:

Jonathan, an active member of Evergreen SGV's young adult group, Converge, was a first-timer for the Mississippi team.

As well as working in many capacities on the team, he also served as one of the chief videographers (and commentator). He started out kinda quiet, but by the middle of the trip, he was quite chatty. He said it was a function of getting to know the guys.

In response to Tommy Y's question of "what is one word that summarizes your trip?"

Humbled - I am humbled by the way the Habitat/Americorps workers dedicate their lives in serving others. They have made a decision to signficantly change their way of life, move to a new state, and earn a very…

2010 Men's Team-Day 6-The Return

Time at Antioch House.After a great night's rest at Antioch House, we had a home cooked (and partially volunteer cooked) meal, then ourour last meeting as the combined teams. After some songs of praise and worship, Pastor Jon led us in a time of Communion, reminding us that the mission doesn't end when we stop hammering, but the work within and towards others continues. ... Waiting it out in Gulfport/BiloxiKyle's Welcome back

Day 5-Additional BuCams

Return to LA

We're back.DelayOur first of two connecting flights was delayed due to a mechanical problem. There was a chance that we would have to reroute to Orange County/John Wayne six hours later. There was a chance we'd have to split up Lifesong and Evergreen, and even some within each team. But in the long run, we made it, all together, all on the originally scheduled flight.That was interesting, running through Houston's terminal. I was going to put the Bu Cam on Bu as we ran through the terminal, but was afraid that it would look a little odd for a bunch of guys running through the terminal, much less with one with a little electronic thing strapped to his chest.Interesting note: On the way to Gulfport/Biloxi, Jonathan didn't check in any luggage as his luggage could be stored in the overhead. But since the smaller plane for that last leg had limited storage, they would check it in at the gate.On our return home, when we found out our first flight was delayed by 45 minutes a…

Flight Info - Made The Connection. Same Flight, Possibly a Few Minutes Late

Running through terminal to see if we can make connection.Let's see what happens..Lifesong are guys younger and taller. We're taking escalator.If we can make it, plane leaves in 5 minutes.Okay. They held the plane.On board. Arrival of continental 137 flight will be just after 4:00pm scheduled time.Fellow next to me says that they never hold planes for him. Explained how 20 guys came to work for habitat. He said it was a good reason.See you soon.

Flight Info Part 1 of 2

Our outbound flight from Biloxi to Houston is leaving a little late, and there is a chance we won't make our scheduled flight to LAXWe will keep you updated.

Important Flight Info! Our Flight May Be Delayed and/or Rerouted

Our outbound flight from biloxi is delayed and there is a considerable chance we will be delayed and/or rerouted to a different airport in the so cal area.we will post our flight info as we find more informationthanks!

Day 5 - Last Day on Site

Sigh. Last day on site. Was a wonderful, glorious day. Many things happened, and for the most part, outside of our control.Team T-ShirtLike many of the groups before us, we left a team Tshirt, this one with our name tags clipped on, much like our CoEd team that came a few weeks prior.We also put our names on the wall aside our Coed team, and prayed for the facility before we left. The day started out with Craig K.'s devotional, but due to time constraints, and I guess, God's design, we had our devotional at the work-site. We shared the moment and prayer with other co-laborers before we worked.We also presented site leader Brad with a baseball cap we brought from L.A., representing the San Gabriel Valley affiliate of Habitat. The RainSince it was our last day, we ordered pizzas for ourselves, Lifesong and all the volunteers and crew. It was a warm humid day, and we were grateful for the cloud cover as we put the felt/tar paper on the roof, to make the home waterproof.Little did w…

Day 4 - Mandarin Church

Yes, we do work. We also take a ton of pics. But you might see as the days progress, there's more work and less pictures.Recap of the dayStarted out the day with a special inspiring speech from our site manager, Brad. He's a gifted, charismatic leader, and we pray for him every day. With as much talent and potential, we hope he's able to use it wisely and can hear the voice of God speak to him.Here's a video of his Martin Luther King impression, but more importantly, is the content of how we start our days...
We continued working on the one house, continuing the roof and doing some interior work, but we also continued to divide our forces, working on another house's subfloor preparation, as well as some significant framing of a third house with SpikesJonathan, one of the main videographers, was rolling around on the subfloor (ground) to do some work today, his shirt got quite a bit dirty..
The framing continued now that the subfloor had been built on Spike's ho…

Day 3 - Shed Video...

The ShedWhat had originally started as our team dinner, per the suggestion of our site manager, we ate at The Shed, a local BBQ restaurant. Three years later, it's much more than just grabbing some baby backs. It's our time to hang out with our coworkers, leaders and new friends.It's a nice tradition, and a nice time to get to know each other. Our combined teams (21) had about 14 other guests, making it quite the BBQ party.But more importantly, it was a nice time to thank our leaders for the time and effort they had invested into us over the last few days.The guys are the ones holding down the fort. Week after week, long after we're gone, keeping the rebuilding effort going, while we're home sleeping in our own beds, with our own families.Many of them come from Americorps backgrounds, and the sacrifice they have made professionally and personally to serve is quite humbling.We are continually amazed how many people come to serve, without the benefit that we have of …

Day 3

Sigh, how many times have these posts started out with "It's very late?"It is late.. Lights out ended half an hour ago. The permutations of this trip are so great. As the days have rolled on, we continue to ask ourselves "why are we here?"Not because we don't understand that we're here to Serve God. Not that we don't understand that we're here to build homes... but we constantly are evaluating how we get to interact with those around us.Tonight, we had the opportunity to break bread with those we've co-labored with. What started out in year 1 as a simple outing for BBQ, has turned into a nice tradition to dine with those we work with.It was nice to get to know them at a more familiar level, but also to hear about their personal lives and keep them in our prayers. They're doing a difficult work with the rebuilding effort, and we want to be part of their support. We'll have more photos of them and more from today.... Hopefully we'l…

Day 3 - Some Videos

Once again, here's some videos (some more are on the way) Kelly Trimming the Roof
Gary and Art lifting (heavy) sheets up to the roof
Roof work
The house is wrapped with an insulating styrofoam
Beginning of day...
Art's Sliver...
To fully enjoy the next video, you have to have first seen the original..

How's it Going Steve?
BuCam Day 3

Day 3 - Short Day

We've hit the midpoint in our journey.Kinda nice hearing the guys from both teams talking with the Mandarin Church folks. Talking about scaffolding and local things. The guys are hitting their stride now. Everyone's pretty comfortable (again) with the tools, the roof, and the amount of work that we're putting out.It's a lot of labor, but for a good cause.Oh, here's the Bu Cam from yesterday..

Day 2

Once again, we'll have more videos when we have more time to edit them, but we'll give you what we've got for now :) What are you thankful for today? Peter – I am thankful not only for a hot shower, but also a place to come back to after work. After seeing the WLOX movie last night about Katrina, I am thankful for my life after seeing all the destruction and lives lost in the hurricane.

Jonathan – I am thankful that the weather is not hot, it was cooler and cloudy and made the work day bearable.

Bryan – I am thankful that Gary stepped in, saving my witness and made me gave in to Greg.

Tommy – I am thankful that God answered Lifesong’s prayer for cloud cover.

Craig W. – I was thankful for a good night’s sleep due to Keith’s earplugs.

Craig -- I am thankful for the opportunity to pray for Calvin, a Habitat Staffer who visited the job site today.

Kelly – I am thankful that our Americorps worker Tommy took our advice and went to the doctor and so I was able to take some time t…

Day 1 - First Day On Site

It's late.
It's the first night of our first day of work.
The team is gelling quite well, and despite some hiccups in yes, the trusses again, we'll be back on track tomorrow.

(Note: Year 1, we had to re-do the trusses due to a measuring problem we had.. this year, there were measurement problems, and a little mis-interpretation of the plans)

We love our leadership crew, headed up by Brad, our site supervisor for half our Men's team last year.

There's much to tell, but we're a bit sleepy. Try to give you some highlights

Separate from Lifesong. We're working on a site two doors down from Lifesong. That works out extremely well. We get to see them, their progress (which is quite impressive) and let them work and bond together. But we're still neighbors..

We received a house with all the walls put up, and spent the majority of the day putting up the trusses and gables (the triangular wooden structures that hold up the roof).

Tomorrow, the Evergreen t…

Day 1 - On Site

It's been a long dayPlanning to build houses, while exciting, is less strenuous than actually doing so....There's much more to come, and we'll update, but for now, wanted to show you some videos..Leaving for the work site

Arrival at the work site

Hammering, nailing..

We had a camera that we wore while working. Hopefully to give you a taste of what it's like to work on site. One of our first camera-wearers was Brian/Bu.So, here, for your enjoyment is the Bu-Cam

Day 1 - First Day On Site

Good morning Mississippi!It's 7:37am, and the temp has climbed 2 degrees to 79 in the last few minutes.As Tommy said, we're not complaining, just making observations. :)Okay, for those of you that follow from previous times... we have Brad as our site manager. Spikes will be working with some near our site too.Lifesong and Evergreen will be working on separate, but nearby sites. All in the areas we visited yesterday, close to where we worked last year.Roofing, walling look like the agenda today.We thank God for this opportunity to serve.More later tonight.PS, just passed the 605 while on the 10, feels oddly familiar....

Day 0 - Arrival

GoodbyesMoments after we said our goodbyes in the LAX check-in area, with leader Craig K, giving many long goodbye hugs to wife Laura, the team moved through security.It seems in years previous, we had more time (and more seating space) in the waiting area than this one. Perhaps economic demands have required more full flights. Evergreen and LifesongFinally, the full Evergreen and Lifesong teams met face to face. It was at that point we realized about half of the combined teams had never been to Biloxi before. It was nice to see the new faces, and there was something special about having a bond through shared faith, and even a shared church lineage. Craig's idea of self-introduction was to state your name, profession, number of years coming out to Biloxi and whether or not you snored. Guess where most attention was paid....Lifesong's team was an eclectic gathering in age, size, profession and life stage. On average, we were older and shorter (Jonathan's presence can only o…

Men's Team Departing From LAX

On the plane, about to leave LAX. We had a mini meeting with the Lifesong team.13 men from Evergreen left LAX, joined by 8 from Lifesong.The lifesong team includes 2 firefighters and 2 law enforcement professionals. We're intimidated... well, at least I am :). Don't worry Evergreen, we'll try to represent you well...Thank you so much to our supporters for joining us for prayer and a very encouraging send-off, including our recently returned coed team, as well as Chris C. Chris had the difficult but very understandable choice to stay at home to support his wife during the loss of her father. As much as we all wanted him to come, family does come before ministry. Our prayers are with his family. If you can continue to pray for our team as we venture forth in faith.A total of 90 team members and supporters from both EvergreenSGV and Lifesong came out to LAX to send the combined Mens' teams. With encouragements from Pastor Kyle, and team lead, Craig K, we tried to keep…

Men's Team Commissioning...

With the recent return of the CoEd team, a week later, the second half, the Men's team is commissioned.After a brief introduction by Team Leader Craig K, Pastor Kyle prayed over the team.We were told to line up alphabetically. We did. By last name. They introduced us by first name.Measure twice, cut once.... :)Pics of the Commissioning

Day 7 Pictures

Seventh day photo slideshow

Day 6 Pictures

Sixth day photo slideshow

Home sweet home

Home safe!  We just landed at LAX.  Thanks everyone for praying for us.  A special thanks to those who came to greet us, it feels great to be welcomed home.

Pictures from our last days coming soon.  So check back again.

Return Flight

We're comig home.  All safe ad sound an ready to be back in LA.  The team is happy to be returning to loved ones, but will miss Mississippi.

Co-ed Arrival Info

If you wish to welcome the team home again....
The Coed team arrives Sunday Apr 10 at 525p at LAX
Continental Flt 2555/795 Gulfport - Houston - LAX

Katrina Co-Ed Commissioning

A little late, but just wanted to make sure you had access to Daryl's photos from the commissioning at church The team's on the road right now, and these shots are from a week ago, hours before they left for Biloxi. Right now, they're meeting at Antioch house

Click here for the photos

Day 5 Pictures

Fifth day photo slideshow

What I learned from Camp Victor...

Thoughts, lessons, memories, and simple reflections... MathiasI learned that you can't judge a book by its cover; Camp Victor may not look like much on the outside, but it is a place that many many people call home while they are in Mississippi serving those in the area. Over the last week it has become home to our team and we have been very blessed during our stay. The Camp bears the marks of many of those who have stayed before us and will bear our logo for those who stay after us to see.HelenI learned that there are many other brothers and sisters in Christ all over the country that are faithfully serving in Mississippi.YoshWhat got to me, was how friendly everybody was to each other.DarylWith all the stuff that is going on in the world today, I've learned and remember that there are still many people who love Christ and others.HildaI'll remember having lots to read on the wall. Watch out for bed bugs!SteveIn the midst of Camp Victor's hodgepodge decor, inconven…

Rain, Rain, Go Away...

Today we were blessed with rain in the latter half of the day. As a result we had to come back from the work site about an hour early. It was a blessing from the Lord; in that we were able to relax a bit more than usual as a team, and spend some quality time together.Our day though it was cut short was filled with fun as we continued to build relationships with our supervisor Jamie and our Americorps workers, Joel, Mike, and Steve. We were also blessed to meet a volunteer college student named Mariah. A few highlights were: finally finishing the deck, getting the roof to pass inspection, and the awesomely cool and breezy weather (pre storm)Please pray for the weather, it is threatening to rain tomorrow, which will prevent us from continuing our work at the site. Pray that whatever happens we would do what God desires us to do with our time tomorrow. Pray also for our time at Antioch, that we would each individually receive from the Lord what he desires us to get on this trip. F…

Day 4 Pictures

Forth day photo slideshow

Fellowship Night

Its fellowship night tonight; that mean's its time for us to head over to the Shed for some awesome BBQ and fellowship with some people we have been privileged to get top know on our trip. This year, Dave, our supervisor from year one will be joining us, as well as our current supervisor and the three Americorps people. We will also be taking a few of our fellow volunteers as well. Please be praying for our time at the Shed, for the fellowship, that we might be able to share Christ's Love with those there, and that we would be able to get to know our fellow workers a little better.Pictures and more thoughts up coming later tonight. We got the shingles today and we'll begin the roofing process tomorrow so be in prayer for those who will be working on the roof as well.

Day 3 Pictures and Video

Third day photo slideshow and video

Lessons of the Day

Today instead of posting a boring summary of what we did today, which was mainly finishing the work we started yesterday. Everyone on the team completed the sentence, "Today I learned..." Mathiasto put up scaffolding without falling.Helenhow to use a jigsaw and circular saw. It was pretty fun. At first, I was really afraid of them, but I'm thankful for my teammates who encouraged me to try it.Yoshto use a power drill, how to be patient and learn to follow directions from Joel. (supervisor)Darylthat it takes a heck of a lot of nails to nail a roof down.Hildathat even I can use a saw.Stevewhat takes me 3 minutes at home, takes me 15 mins here.Mothat I could be on a roof that is two stories high.Carolthat PE=1/2Kx^2 is the formula for the velocity of the hammer head.Ronthe Lord has taught me about focus regarding working and on Him.Frankhow to skin knuckles...its easy!Joyhow to use a palm nailer and that the round thing is called a bolt.As you can tell we have a variety …

Day 2 Pictures

Second day photo slideshow

Job Site Day 1

First day on the job. Our construction supervisor is named Jamie, we also have three Americorps assistants: Joel, Steve, and Mike. We are working on three houses, all of which are in various stages of construction. The job site is located just east of the 110, for those of you who have been before. For those who haven't its about 5 minutes from the beach, just east of the Biloxi lighthouse. All the houses are on 10 foot stilts.
Steve, Jamie, Mike, and Steve Today we split into four sub-teams:Mo, Mathias and Daryl worked on attaching hurricane straps to keep the roof attached to the rest of the house in the event of a hurricane. They also put up scaffolding around the outside of one of the houses. They worked with Mike, who is from New York and is a second year volunteer with Americorps. Mike is in charge of getting the House roofed. He promised to catch anyone who is about to fall off the roof, including Daryl.
Mathias and Mo setting up scaffolding. Helen, Hilda, Ron, an…

First Day on The Job

Back safely from the job site. Everyone is showering, we're all safe, just a little dusty. Weather was awesome, thanks to the Lord for providing. Steve barely broke a sweat, that was mainly because he was King of the palm nailer, but also because the it was cool and overcast all day with only very very light rain. More to come once we all clean up. Over all very good day. Praise the Lord.

Day 1 Pictures

First day Photo slideshow (updated!)

Lunch at Cafe New Orleans

We found it! We found the Cafe New Orleans, it was the place that last years men's team went for lunch on their first day. We really enjoyed having some "Country Cajun Cooking"

The greeter

Joy was one of 6 team members who had the sampler

Carol and Yosh had the Po Boys

Frank had a shrimp salad

Shrimp Po Boy

Pork Chops and red beans and rice


When we got to the rental place there were only 4 cars left, so we got the leftover cars. As you can see the drivers were very un-happy with what we got. Ron got his very own Cadillac Escalade!
(Steve thinks that Ron will want his one when he gets home)

Daryl is riding secret service style in a black Chevy Suburban

Mo is racing along in a Cadillac CTS All joking aside we are very blessed that the Lord provided so much space for us. The Lord truly provided some awesome cars for us.

On the Ground

We've landed safe and sound. The team is a little tired, but happy to be in Biloxi.

First Stop

We're safe in Houston. Brief layover before completing our journey.

Coed Team is En Route!

Coed Team at LAX With all 11 team members and their respective MSG (Missionary Support Group) members in attendance, the first-ever Coed team met at LAX.Pastor Kyle prayed over, and then encouraged each of the team members, reminding them that this is not necessarily about putting up walls with hammers and nails, but a time to bless others with their efforts. Each person was encouraged to stay focused on trying to "listen" to God throughout the trip not only for opportunities to share the love of God, but also to experience it for themselves as they serve.Men from previous and the upcoming Katrina trip were present to bless, encourage. Chris, who will be returning to Biloxi in a few weeks with the men's group, said he was not there in an official capacity, but remembers how encouraged he was when he was sent out for his own trip. It was important to him that this team knew how much we supported their efforts.Returning team members are Team Leader Mo (All previous trips)…

2010 Support Letters and Response Cards

Sorry we didn't post this sooner, but here are the Support letters and Response cards we sent out earlier. In case you missed it, you can click on any of these to view/download them.Click on the following if you'd like to see the: Co-ed Support LetterMen's Support Letter And if you'd like to support us in prayer or otherwise... here's a
Response CardWe thank all of you for your support and care. We'll work hard on your behalf, and for the Glory of God. This is so much more than just hammers and nails, it's about building lives, communities and hope in Christ.

Tminus 3 Days and Counting...

The co-ed team will be on site soon...we'll be posting starting Sunday (4/18)

Coed Team Leaves This Weekend!

The Co-ed team, led by Mo and Carol Nakatsui, will be flying out this weekend (4/18/10).If you can, be part of their commissioning service at our church, Evergreen SGV during the 11am service. you can find directions and more at www.evergreensgv.orgFor those of you well wishers that would like to see them off at the airport, they will be gathering Sunday evening at about 9:30p at the Continental Terminal at LAXLook for us near the check-in area!

Pretrip Thoughts From Helen

This is Helen's first time on the Trip. She is one of the 4 Ladies on the Coed team.
Hello everyone. I'm really excited for our upcoming Katrina trip next week!For many of you who do not know me, I'm a 3rd-year PhD student at USC studying pharmaceutical sciences. My everyday task consists of testing the thousands of chemical compounds we have in our lab in human cancer cells. I do a lot of pippeting (mixing small amounts of chemicals together), plan different experiments, make proteins and DNA and sometimes spend months writing grants asking for funding.I'm glad I will be taking a break from all that and doing something very different in Katrina. Though building homes is not part of my training as a student, I know that it is part of my training as a Christian.When I was talking to a coworker about my upcoming trip and what I'll be doing, she said jokingly, "now if this PhD thing doesn't work out, you have other trades to consider." I was thinking ab…

A Note From Art F

Art returns to Biloxi, including having served in the inaugural team. He will be once again doing double duty as volunteer/worker and team photographer. (which is why you may not see many pictures of him.... Returning to BiloxiThis year will mark my third time joining a team of men to help build homes in Mississippi for those whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. It's been five years since the hurricane and people are still without homes. During our stay, we will be working with Habitat for Humanity to assist in whatever construction work is needed.I had previous experience volunteering with Habitat on local, one day projects through my workplace and enjoyed it immensely. The thought of going to another state to help build Habitat homes over a one week period never crossed my mind until Evergreen wanted to send a group of men to Mississippi. My reservations and doubts were assuaged when my friend, Dennis Cho, team leader of that inaugural 2007 trip, shared that …