Showing posts from May, 2014

Moore, OK one year later

Today show covers Moore, OK one year later It's been a year A year ago today, a tornado touched down in Moore, OK.

Lives were lost, many homes damaged and just a little bit more fear came upon a community.

Living in California, it was devastating and horrific to see an elementary school flattened and children separated from their frightened parents. But to live it, to live through it would be hard.

We worked on the very ground that houses had been destroyed. We stood right by a twisted tree that was the only thing remaining from a neighborhood. It affects your heart. It's no longer abstract, because you stood on the soil.

Oklahoma Strong Less than a month ago, we had the opportunity to experience "Oklahoma Strong" first hand. We shared and hammered side by side survivors or neighbors of the tornado. We worked in winds that didn't even cause the locals to blink.

The people of Oklahoma are indeed strong, and they're trying to pool their strength and resources t…

HFH and Crossings in the news on the 1 Year anniversary of tornado

The neighborhood we were working on the last day in Moore was featured in a local news report focusing on the rebuild.

Some familiar faces were seen from Crossings Community Church

The enthusiasm shown by those interviewed is reminiscent of Jim and Nannie's comment on making God look good.

\Habitat For Humanity Rebuilds Home Lost In Tornado

Paul's reflections (Video)

We loved Paul's participation on the mission.
Most importantly, we loved his heart and honesty in sharing

Paul's reflections on the trip from SGV Habitat on Vimeo.

Paul, the only newbie and his reflection on the week

Paul had been our site supervisor in Mississippi for years. 
Within moments of meeting him, we became fast friends. His care for us volunteers and partner families alike, his professionalism and his spiritual life spoke louder than any Habitat brochure. But friendship turned to family, and Paul chose to make his first missionary trip for Habitat to be with us for our week of service.
The only newbie on our "scout" team, he came with the most experience and unique point of view

This last week reminded me of the beauty of the unity the Spirit of Christ creates among those He holds. I am deeply thankful for the relationships we have built in His grace that continue to grow as we give ourselves to time together, united in the goal of being His hands and feet.
I certainly had moments of frustration and fatigue on the trip, but each time encountered encouragement from others who were resting in the joy of the Lord. It leads me to wonder that in those times I was able to rest, God wa…

Steve's "The Devo I didn't do"

Every morning, and most evenings, our team would do a "Devo," short for devotional, a short teaching or reflection, followed with prayer. It's a way to learn from each other and from the Bible.

Most all team members were assigned a slot, but sometimes, because of circumstances, we had to skip it.

Steve was the team's "medic," watching over us in injury or ailment. It was also his 8th trip with the team.

Because of a timing miscommunication, our team was late to the job site on Saturday, the last day of work, and the morning I was scheduled to deliver the devotional message. I wasn't sure if I would be addressing fifty or so more folks from Crossings Community, the local mega-church in OKC also scheduled to work the build, so some of the inside humor and sarcasm I would have omitted. But here it is in writing... A good rule of thumb when speaking to adults is that a message should best contain three (3) points. When addressing childr…

Last Day

We're Back!

One direct flight back to LAX and we're back!
We'll be reviewing the trip, and the team members will be posting some of their thoughts as they get settled back home, but for now, just wanted to do a quick recap of this last day
MorningMost all the team packed up and ready to go, about half of us went over to the Sanctuary side of Hilltop Baptist. It's the second of the two main buildings on the property. We've been staying on the Gym/Fellowship side.

After breakfast, it was worship, including taking communion with their congregation. For a few moments, Gary was helping greet people. Pastor Matt preached a message regarding commitment to church. This is especially poignant as they are in a regrowth swing in their church history. After being in a interim position as lead pastor, Matt's permanent position was being put to a vote later that day. 

Flight homeFlight home and the direct flight was a welcome change from the dash  in Dallas we had done when going…

Wildfire in Guthrie!

The afternoon we flew back to LAX, a wildfire near OKC broke out
The fire in Guthrie, OK, is only 30 miles away from Crossings church, the church we were serving with on our last day with Habitat.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to them

Coming home

UA 6535 arrive lax near 6p

OKC 2014 Day 6 - End of Job

Today was our last day on a work site.Tomorrow it's church, then to the airport.

Moore OKGoogle Maps Streetview in previous years
Started the day a bit behind schedule. We had the right address, but just the start time we had was 830a, but there was a group already on site by 8am.

We were told that we'd be working on a tornado work site with another organization with a team of 30. We had no idea what to expect, but some of us were not looking forward to it.

Two things we quickly found out
a) our job site was only a few blocks away from Towers elementary
b) we'd be working side by side Crossings Community Church

To be honest, there was some feeling that it'd probably be a crowded site, but we were greeted with warm smiles, a free lunch and some incredibly great fellowship. They even gave us some of their tshirts

We met a number of people. including Steve, who was filming video for the church, and will be hoping to produce a video detailing all the work they're doing for reb…

Sgvhabitat Okc 2014 day 5 quickie movie

Sgvhabitat Okc 2014 day 5 quickie movie:

Sad reminder

Today we  are working 3 blocks away from plaza towers elementary school where many of the elementary kids lost their lives during the tornado

OKC 2014 Day 5 Recap

Same site as yesterday, with Jose and Adrian
For today's slide show, click here

We opened with Kelly's devotional on being a sweet fragrance (2Cor 2:15) Jose joined us for the devotional, he really is quite sociable after you get to know him :)

Soon after it, it was a day of joist hangers, rat runs, subfascia and roof decking.

At the end of the day, it was likely the last day on this site, tomorrow, we are scheduled to work with another group at another location. A quick prayer, and we were on our way to meet with the Samaritan's Purse group
Samaritan's Purse Samaritan's purse (SP) is most often know for "Operation Christmas Child" as well as rapid response to natural disasters with their disaster relief projects. Members of our team have worked with them in New Jersey and several times in California.  Rebuilding communities is more after-disaster support where approved applicants will have their homes rebuilt by Samaritan's purse. The program in the U…

OKC 2014 Day 4 Recap

Jam packed with lots of building goodness!

And the Photo Show... click here to see the photos from the day
We had a new site but same leader and team, and more injuries.
Habitat is building over 200 homes in an area called Hope Crossing. Apparently the 59 acres of land were donated. 
When we drove into the neighborhood, we were taken aback at the quality of the homes and neighborhood. So much space and well maintained, lived-in homes.

We consider it as our Connor's Garden (North) (Connor's Garden was a HFH building development in Mississippi)

It was nice that so many homes had so many variations, and development of news were interspersed with existing homes.
Jose and TrussesJose was our lead again, and today was all about the trusses. 

We started in the morning with Paul giving us a devotional on how all our efforts have lasting impact, sometimes on those we don't know and will never be made aware.

The trusses are the structure and support for the roof. We've done this before, …
Lunch prayer
Millie and Craig with homeowner Nhi
Day 3 onsite but new site:

New site

8520 durland in Oklahoma City OK