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Severe Storms in OK!

Tommy's Reflections on our previous trips-Part 2

This is part 2 of Tommy's reflections on previous years. Part 1 can be found here
2009 The Brad Holland story.  The first two years we had a team of ten guys.  This year we expanded to 21 guys.  We also said goodbye to Yankie Stadium, a Biloxi city football field with concrete bleachers on either side.  Days before hurricane Katrina struck in August, 2005 escrow closed on the stadium as the Salvation Army had purchased the property with the intention of converting it into a neighborhood youth center.  Instead they enclosed and sealed each concrete bleacher and built dorm rooms, showers, meeting rooms, a mess hall and brought in their 18 wheeler mobile kitchen.  They contracted for two years with HFHMGC to provide housing for the many volunteers who came to the Gulf Coast.  We spent our first two years at Yankie Stadium and had many fond memories of the place and the other volunteers we met there.  Now we were staying at SUMA –Seashore United Methodist Assembly – great location –…

2015 Team Encouragement from Shirley

To understand our trip, you should know our hearts.

It's a mission. To help. To be part of the caring heart and hand of God.

Part of that role has been filled by Shirley, who's helping us stay focused as our unofficial Team Prayer Leader/Prayer Reminder person . (no, it's not a title, I'm just making it up)

Recently we on the team got another encouraging letter that we'd like to share with you:

Hello Fellow OKC Relief Team members,
 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, He shall not be moved. GOD WILL HELP HER WHEN MORNING DAWNS." Psalm 46: 1-5 
I cannot imagine what it would be like to live through such a horrifi…

Here's your 2015 Team!

Evergreen SGV Oklahoma Relief Team April 26 - May 3, 2015 Here's an excerpt from our Support Letter, which you can access by clicking here
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  1 John 4:11
Once again, we are investing a week of our lives to share the love of Jesus with those affected by the devastation of an EF5 tornado, that caused loss of life and property in Moore, OK, in May 2013. We will partner with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity to do whatever construction or refurbishment work is needed.
If God is calling you to support us, please consider our prayer requests:   (1) team unity (2) safe travel to and from Oklahoma City, as  well as safe travels while we are there (3) protection from injury and illness  (4)  protection for our families while we are away (5)  most of all, that God would provide opportunities for us to grow in faith in Him and to share that faith with others we encounter.
Thank you for taking time to consider this…

Tommy's Reflections on our previous trips-Part 1

Tommy's been on every one of the nine Relief Teams (he started without any grandkids and more black hair)... we asked him to take a look back ...

Peter asked me to write about the previous nine Relief Teams. I decided to try and do it by memory. You can go back and fact check yourself by browsing back through the previous entries. Peter started this blog back in 2007 as we were preparing for our first trip. He specifically named it so that there would be a permanent record of all the Mississippi Gulf Coast (at the time) relief teams working with Habitat For Humanity. Little did we know at the time that we would return to work with Habitat For Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (HFHMGC) for seven years, then in 2014 work with Central Oklahoma Habitat For Humanity (COHFH) and return there this year.

2007 The first year. Steve Ogata, one of the ten members of that inaugural team, in describing that first year experience said, “You can only do someth…

2015 - OKC, Here we come!

We'll be returning to work with COHFH again this year, as they continue their rebuilding of Moore and the surrounding area...

This will be our second year in OKC, and we're grateful to your participation and prayerful support in helping Moore recover.

We'll be travelling from 4/26-5/3/2015

Mo(o)re details to come..