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Fellowship Bible Church

Serving In Gulf Coast
March 12, 2022
Community: LaPlace, New Orleans
Partner: New Wine Christian Fellowship
Staff: Audra Jones

We Have Arrived!!

by Audra Jones | March 12, 2022 9:38 PM

After a long 15 hour day, we arrived safely at our destination.  We had a little time to relax and play, and now we're off to bed!!

We Have Arrived!!

Church Time!

by Justin Jones | March 13, 2022 9:57 AM

This morning we get the opportunity to worship with New Wine Christian Fellowship. We are ready to hear what God has for us this week. 

Church Time!

Hurricane Ida Recap

by Justin Jones | March 13, 2022 5:37 PM

This afternoon we got to hear from Sam, the volunteer coordinator with New Wine Christian Fellowship. He told us about the impact Hurricane Ida had on LaPlace, the surrounding areas, and the church. He also told us about all of the efforts the church has been doing to help the area recover from the hurricane. 

Hurricane Ida Recap

Team Damon

by Audra Jones | March 14, 2022 10:25 AM

We have split into 2 teams, Team Damon and Team Travis, and are already hard at work!!

Team Damon is gutting a house that had a large pecan tree out front.  When Ida hit, the limbs fell through the roof which led to severe water damage.  We will be helping this family remove damaged furniture and muck and gut the rest of the house so they can start renovating.  

Team Damon

Team Travis

by Justin Jones | March 14, 2022 10:35 AM

We are repairing this staircase, making sure that the patio is a little more sturdy, and mucking and gutting the house upstairs.

Team Travis

Making Progress

by Justin Jones | March 14, 2022 5:45 PM

We are making a lot of progress on this house, but still have some work to do. We will finish up tomorrow, now it's time to go get cleaned up before dinner!

Making Progress

Team Damon - Making Progress

by Audra Jones | March 14, 2022 7:35 PM

A little before and after on day one...

We made a lot of progress and seeing the joy in the owner's face made it totally worth it.  We also made some great connections with this family and were able to give them a safe space to share their story.  This work is so much more than manual labor.

Team Damon - Making Progress

Team Damon - Day 2

by Audra Jones | March 15, 2022 9:46 AM

This crew walked in and started tearing down walls.  Our goal is to get this side of the house completely gutted and ready for sheetrock.

Team Damon - Day 2

Team Travis - Day 2

by Justin Jones | March 15, 2022 1:14 PM

Today we are finishing up gutting Mr. Calvin's house. After a fierce fight with the toilet, the bathroom is almost completely gutted. We are making a lot of progress in a short amount of time. 

Team Travis - Day 2

Replacing the Deck

by Justin Jones | March 15, 2022 1:17 PM

We are now replacing the boards on the second-floor deck. We want to make sure Mr. Calvin has a safe deck to walk out on. 
Replacing the Deck

Stairway to Home

by Justin Jones | March 15, 2022 5:16 PM

We still need to finish the handrail, but we worked hard to get these stairs done. Mr. Calvin went up the stairs today to get into his home for the first time in months. 

Stairway to Home

The Devil is in the Details

by Audra Jones | March 15, 2022 9:22 PM

We went into this house thinking we'd pull down some sheetrock and have it completed in 2 days tops.  What we have all learned is that manufactured homes don't just nail the sheetrock on.  They nail it, staple it, glue it, and then seal it with foam.  This has led to a lot of tedious work and we have all spent a little time pulling staples and nails with plyers.  Such a small job, but getting this done right will make it possible for the next group of volunteers to get walls up so much faster. And some of those little devils don't want to give it up!!

The Devil is in the Details

Fresh Start

by Audra Jones | March 16, 2022 10:55 AM

Some of us are getting to tackle a new house today.  We're demoing walls, floors, and a couple of bathrooms.

Fresh Start

Team Damon - Not Giving Up

by Audra Jones | March 16, 2022 11:00 AM

We have a lot left to do, but we are determined to finish what we started and get this family on their way to a fresh start.

Team Damon - Not Giving Up

Stairs are Done!

by Justin Jones | March 16, 2022 4:16 PM

Mr. Calvin is so happy with his finished stairway. We also feel really proud of our work. 

Stairs are Done!

Finishing Strong

by Justin Jones | March 16, 2022 4:18 PM

We didn't have a lot of time to gut this next house, but we got a lot accomplished in a short amount of time. 
Finishing Strong

Soccer Time

by Justin Jones | March 16, 2022 4:36 PM

We had to get in a game of soccer with some neighborhood kids while some of us our finishing the cleanup at one of the houses. 

Soccer Time

That's a Wrap

by Audra Jones | March 16, 2022 5:20 PM

We worked so hard this week and it was such a blessing to love on this family.  We finished what we started and this sweet family is so happy to see a future in this home that has so many memories.

That's a Wrap

Happy Birthday Damon!!

by Audra Jones | March 16, 2022 9:34 PM

We ended our day celebrating the man who has meant so much to us and gave us this opportunity to serve.  Happy 50th Damon!!

Happy Birthday Damon!!

Work Hard, Play Hard

by Audra Jones | March 17, 2022 2:33 PM

We worked so hard this week, so today we get to relax!!  We're at Gulfport, MS, for rec day and are looking forward to some fun in the sun!!

Work Hard, Play Hard

Time to Eat!

by Audra Jones | March 17, 2022 6:22 PM

We stopped for some yummy Mexican food!!  Some of us were bold and tried the shrimp cocktail...the rest of us played it safe and are stuffed!!

Time to Eat!

Heading Home

by Audra Jones | March 18, 2022 9:09 AM

It's been a great week, but we are ready to get home and share more details about our week with our families and friends!! 

We may be bringing home 3 stowaways...

See you soon Kansas!!

Heading Home

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Lani Witters

March 18, 2022 11:07 AM

What an amazing week! Can't wait to hear more about it, all the lives touched and the hard work accomplished!

Tiffany Oldham

March 18, 2022 10:33 AM

Looks like a blessed week! Can’t wait to see them!

Susan Schaeffer

March 15, 2022 10:57 PM

I am so blessed to see and hear about all that God is at work doing through this ministry! Praying for you all!

Staci Graber

March 15, 2022 2:03 PM

I look forward to each of these updates. What amazing progress. Keep working hard guys. We are praying for you all.

Dawn Schnoor

March 15, 2022 6:07 AM

Thank you for the updates! I am so thankful for the efforts to give these young adults an opportunity to serve those in need and to hear of their tragic stories. Praying for you all!

Jess Melching

March 14, 2022 6:27 PM

We are enjoying reading all the updates. Thank you! Continued prayers from back in KS!

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