Monday, September 01, 2008

EFCA Fact Sheet

The EFCA has posted what they're doing to respond to Gustav here. Text below:

Hurricane Gustav Response Fact Sheet – 8/31/08 Edition

1) Yes, we are responding.

· EFCA TouchGlobal Crisis Response Team has evacuated to Pensacola and will be making an initial reconnaissance on Tuesday 9/2. Our current plan is to be ready to start receiving volunteers on Thursday 9/4 at Trinity Church in Covington, LA… assuming it is still there.

· For up to date info go to

2) How can I help? Please organize a team and come!!!

a. We will be using the same process (and for now, forms and paperwork and costs etc. ) as we have been using for Katrina Relief Teams.

b. Go to ,

c. Find the link for pdf Team application

d. Complete and fax application to 985-893-0175 AND!! Email

e. We will charge a reduced fee of $120 per person per week for teams arriving in September.

· Churches or individuals who are organizing teams should email Katie Hooks at


3) What kinds of needs do we have – prioritized.

· We need MONEY

· We have a needs list started at

See contact info below for more info.

We can arrange for delivery of pallet loads of gift-in-kind from most areas in

the East and Midwest

4) Where can I get more info?

· and

5) How can I give?

· Give to TG ‘Hurricane Account’ 21709-3969. Go to and click on giving link on right.

6) Can we give stuff…not just money?

· We are not accepting clothing or shoes!!!!

· See contacts below!

· We will update needs list at least weekly, maybe daily.

7) Who should I contact … about?

· Until we get our office reestablished in Covington – use the cell phones listed. After the office is reestablished, use 985-893-0218 :

a. Volunteer Teams – Katie Hooks 704-305-3427

b. $$ Donations – Dorinda Bogran 985-705-2416

c. Serving as a part of our staff -

d. Donating Supplies/Equipment/ Gift-in-kind – and 610-883-1150

e.General Response Quest. - Mark Lewis 717-439-3138

EFCA Blog Updates

Mark Lewis, with whom we've worked a Trinity in Covington, LA, sent us an email letting us know about this blog where EFCA is posting updates.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Please pray for the Gulf Coast

As of this writing, Gustav is a Category 3 hurricane that's anticipated to hit somewhere on the Gulf Coast between 8 AM and 8 PM tomorrow (the 12 hour time difference is contingent on exactly where it hits on the Alabama, Louisiana, or Texas Coasts.

Please pray for the people of the Gulf Coast, especially in Louisiana. CNN reports:

"Maps of Gustav's path shows it could strike southern Louisiana and other areas battered by Hurricane Katrina."
KatrinaGrace is reaching out to those who've traveled to LA and Miss. to assist those who were affected by Katrina and Rita in 2005 to ask for prayer and to consider the possibility of going to the Gulf Coast should that be necessary.

graphic is from NOAA available on Wikipedia Commons

Sunday, May 18, 2008

A Field Report from the Jimmy Ro Crew

We just received this report from the KatrinaGrace Team that was in New Orleans this past week:

I set on the plane heading home, glad to go home but my heart is still in New Orleans and Slidell. As you know, there is still much loving to do there. I hope we never forget those folks still need hope and a bunch of lovin'.

Our group was the best! We worked well together. We worked hard, stayed flexible and had fun.

Monday thru Wednesday, we worked on new construction in Slidell. The homeowners became friends to us. The wife/mother, Jessica worked everyday we did, Anthony, the husband/father, worked with us on Monday but had to go back to work building Armored Service Vehicles M117s (ASVs). The very vehicle my son fought out of in Iraq. Nathan, my son, was extremely happy to know that I was working on a house for a fellow who built the ASV that saved his life more than once while he was at war in Iraq. Sort of a payback he says. Small world isn't it or does God just work that way?

When we arrived at the job site on Monday morning, we found a slab and a pile of wood. When we left on Wednesday, all exterior walls were up and dead straight, interior walls were framed, dead straight, top caps were on and 3/4s of the exterior sheeting was on. We were "cooking" on that house but disappointed the rain hindered us from getting the house dried-in. Another group will have the joy to finish the house we started so well.

Wednesday night a storm rolled in with a small tornado that touched down not far from us but Trinity Church was spared. Thursday saw mud and more rain so HH called off our work. Not to be deterred, we connected with a group being housed at the CastleRock yellow house, and joined them in the reconstruction or a small church in the ninth ward. We put up trim, laid laminate flooring, sprayed texture on walls (with telephone directions from my youngest son, Evan, back in Baltimore) and prayed for the men there selling drugs right in front of the church. We served well there.

Friday morning, we connected with Jessica, the homeowner of the house we were building on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We gifted her and her husband a rocking chair for their new front porch, a bike for the little girl, baseball cards, folder and notebook to hold baseball cards for the son crazy about baseball, a small ball and stuffed toy for the baby. We all cried and loved. We had prayer for the family and cried some more. I cried much there this time.

After the gift giving, we had lunch at KCs Bike Shop in Slidell, a place to visit and eat good po-boys. We met a crisis response person at a home in Slidell to do some "weed eating" for an elderly family who had just bought this abandoned home. Weed eating is a loose term in Louisiana. Weeds were more small trees and the blackberry vines were impossible to traverse. All of us worked in the light rain, high humidity, briars, and critters cleaning the 40' by 276' (almost a football field) sized back yard. When we saw it, we thought maybe we could clear only a few feet in the short time we were there. When we left - the backyard was cleared fence line to fence line. The Lord always multiplies effort. We were really disgusting by the end of the day, gumbo mud does stain blue jeans.

Again I say, the Jimmy Ro crew you commissioned was tremendous. When we left Baltimore, some had limited building skills, some had less, some had none. By the end of the week, we all acquired very guilty knowledge of framing, trimming and laying laminate flooring. Each of us came with a skill set and gift; no one failed to fully utilize their skill and gift; what a team! Each of us tried to love everyone we met. We practiced consensus decision making, understood each others' strengths and weaknesses building on the strengths and compensating for the weaknesses. We moved up the latter (forming, storming, norming, performing, adjourning) of team building faster than any team I have been a part of. Dr. Steve and I, both familiar with HR principles, feel we actually moved to the performing rung on Thursday and Friday. If you are interested, we can tell you more at the de-brief.

Our days started with an examination of scripture from the joy of Paul to the Philippines to the utilization of gifts in Ephesians, and thoughtful prayer. The Lord worked through us and within us. We saw His face in what we did and honor Him with the glory of our efforts. To the person, we come back different. You know what I mean.

I could go on, we are still an hour away from Baltimore but I will spare you. We will have a debrief soon with a picture show.

Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this crew and to love on the folks in New Orleans and Slidell.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

2008 KatrinaGrace Trips

KatrinaGrace is planning two trips in 2008:

One is leaving on Sun 5/11 and returning on Sat 5/17. Team members will be working with Trinity Church and Habitat for Humanity on what’s being called Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2008.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please email Beth at She is the Pre-Flight Logistics Coordinator for this trip.

Our second scheduled trip this year is leaving on Sunday 11/23 and returning on Sat 11/29 (Thanksgiving Week). This will be a standard Work Team Trip. We have a number of spaces avail for this trip.

If you are interested in the Nov trip, contact Sandra Clabough, Pre-Flight Logistics Coordinator for this trip, at

In 2008, all KatrinaGrace participants will need to either pay their own way or raise their own money. The cost is approximately $650 per person and needs to be raised or paid before the trip. Beth or Sandra can give you more details if you’re interested.

Grace’s Short Term Mission Ministry – with the able help of Patti Hewat and others – are also working with us this year and providing a tremendous amount of help to KatrinaGrace. If you are interested in these trips, we can give you more information about upcoming training dates that they offer, though these are not required. Nevertheless, they are very helpful and highly recommended.

Please don’t hesitate to email me, Sandra, or Beth if you’ve any questions.