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Jason Sampler
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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Some Pics of Our Work in New Orleans

I heard a story this morning that a youth director in Denver was in Wal-Mart the other day in Denver buying work clothes for the adults and youth that were coming to New Orleans to gut out houses. The cashier asked why he was buying so many work clothes. He told her he was leading a trip down to help out people in New Orleans. She responded, "Do they still need help in New Orleans?" Just because the nightly news doesn't cover us anymore doesn't mean things are ok. Do we still need help in New Orleans? The answer is most definitely YES.

Below I'm posting some pictures of college students who volunteered their Spring Break's to work with us.

This is a picture of a typical house in the Gentilly area after the flood waters have subsided. In this house, the homeowner has already removed all of his furniture and clothing. Some houses are already cleaned out when we get there, many are not. Note that the mold goes all the way to the ceiling. All of the sheetrock in this house must be removed. The ceilings might be salvageable, but most likely not.

This is a picture of the debris pile that was formed from all of the wood, sheetrock, clothing, and furniture that came from one house. After the sheetrock comes down, we have to remove all of the flooring. If the house sits on a concrete slab, then the students have to remove all of the flooring down to the slab. If the house is raised up, like many houses in New Orleans, the students take the floor down either to the lowest subfloor, or to the joices.

This is a picture of a completely gutted house. After all of the sheetrock, tubs, ceilings (if needed), and the flooring is removed, then the homeowner must pay someone (or do it himself) to spray a bleach solution on the studs. This effectively kills the mold and allows the homeowner to begin the process of remodeling. All of the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC equipment has to be replaced.

A team of 10-15 people can completely gut a house in approximately two days. As I said in my last post,
our small church (after taking 10 feet of water and ourselves in the process of remodeling) has facilitated the gutting out of approximately 70 houses in the month of March. April and May will be slow months, but things will pick back up in full swing come June. In the meantime, we are praying that God will move in the hearts of many churches to partner with us. God has already moved in the hearts of 15-20 churches to send down mission teams to work with us. We have been extremely blessed by the volunteers we've seen so far. We want more, though. Will your church consider sending a team to New Orleans this summer? Will you give consideration to loving on a homeowner who, like most, have little hope of rebuilding apart from the generosity of volunteers who demonstrate the love of Christ?

posted by Jason Sampler at 3:31 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so exciting (and heartbreaking at the same time) to see what you guys are doing. I wish I could be done there, but until then, you have my prayers. I'll be at NOBTS for classes in May and July. Hopefully I'll catch you then. Keep it up...
In Christ,

4:39 PM, April 03, 2006  
Blogger Jeff Richard Young said...

Dear Jason,

I'm so thankful for what you are doing, and I pray things go great in the coming weeks.

Love in Christ,


9:59 PM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger Vicki A. Davis said...

This happened after a tornado struck our hometown of Camilla, Georgia. After 3-4 weeks the help dried up but the needs were great. The Christian groups were the ones who worked and never left us. Without Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Mennonite Relief, Samaritan's Purse and several other groups whose names slip me at the moment, we would have been hung out to dry.

The Red Cross raised over a million for tornado relief for our hometown and spent less than $200,000. Christian Disaster Relief agencies are the way to go.

Thank you for your great work and God bless!

5:15 PM, April 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jason,

I've been keeping up with you through your site, and wanted to encourage you to keep up the good work. God is amazing and will do amazing things through you and those working with you to help others.

Keep on keepin on!

Jessica "jedi lover"

8:24 AM, April 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jason
Hope things are looking up for you. In looking at the mess I'm glad your ok.

Don't quit my friend

7:44 PM, April 17, 2006  

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