disaster relief trips

Next Hurricane Relief Trip

July 13-22, 2018

July Disaster Relief Trip Marks 1 Year of Monthly Trips by Volunteers from St. John

The July Disaster Relief Trip is scheduled for July 13-22, 2018. This 10-day trip will be the 14th trip in 12 consecutive months of relief efforts.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in August of 2017 and devastated millions of people on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Since then, teams of volunteers from St. John have embarked on monthly trips to the coastal towns of Rockport, Aransas Pass, Ingleside and Portland. Led by Lance Folkerts, these teams help to clean-up, rebuild, and provide comfort and hope to those affected by the hurricane.

In the past 12 months, volunteers have cleaned up debris, trees, yard waste and trash from more than 35 homesites. They have demolished 20+ homes, mobile homes, garages and outbuildings that were damaged or destroyed by the hurricane. After most of the clean-up had been handled, the rebuilding began. St. John volunteers have shingled 3 homes, fixed electrical, framed out new structures, replaced drywall, repaired fencing, provided appliances to numerous individuals and families, and committed to a complete rebuild project. But, perhaps the most important service that these loving volunteers have provided is the comfort, hope, laughter, and joy that they happily give to those affected by the hurricane. God’s love shines through the volunteers from St. John.

The July Relief Trip will focus on 2 main projects: finishing up the work on a garage and continued work on a complete rebuild. The volunteers will be insulating, framing, shingling, drywalling, siding, painting, and working on electrical. Everyone can get involved as there is a need for people to cook for the team, keep the volunteers nourished and motivated, as well as to provide fellowship and support to those we are helping! This is a great opportunity to serve together as a family…all are invited to join us!

Please join the Hurricane Harvey Outreach Team for some time of fellowship and service. Pick your days, you don’t need to be there the entire time! For more information and to volunteer, contact Lance Folkerts via email: lance@ltfconstruction.com.

May God continue to guide the hearts of St. John!

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!

If you would like to volunteer, please email Lance Folkerts at lance@ltfconstruction.com

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO OF OUR LAST 14 TRIPS:

If you are interested in coming and helping, please contact Lance Folkerts at lance@ltfconstruction.com

 

View pictures from our relief trips.  Click the button below to go to our gallery page.

If you are interested in making a monetary donation, please make the check out to St. John Lutheran Church and write disaster relief in the memo line. You can also donate online by going to our ‘Give’ page and choosing the ‘Disaster Relief’ fund. Click here to go directly to the donation page.

NOTES/UPDATE FROM NOVEMBER’S TRIP:

“What a great weekend and fellowship!  The Team, Michael and Janine Schuchardt, Scott and RJ Rutherford, and Chris Knippa, they “got er done”, We had a big day on Saturday, getting the main roof of Norma’s house torn off and papered back over.  Sunday was a day of replacing a bunch of bad fascia and a section of overhang. The main section of roof is ready for a little roof edge and shingles and we have a couple of little roofs to tear off but that won’t take long.  Michael worked on the interior fixing some sheetrock that had fallen and tweaked a door to try to get it to work, (it’s going to have to be replaced).  He also got the refrigerator leveled up.  We have the place good enough for Norma to be able to move in the first of December and that was the goal.”

“Sweet Norma Flores had tears of joy as she praised God and expressed her sincere appreciation to SJLC for taking the time to care for her during her time of great need. She’s so excited to be able to move back home with her beloved dogs. What a blessed weekend it was!”