Some Pics of Our Work in New Orleans
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