disaster relief trips

Next Hurricane Relief Trip

August 17-20, 2018

The August Disaster Relief Trip is scheduled for August 17-20, 2018.

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.

Please join the Hurricane Harvey Outreach Team for some time of fellowship and service.


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


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.


“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!”