Monday, June 30, 2008


  Jordan was really sick last week. We are thankful he's better! I was just looking through some photos and found this one from 2 years ago.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Monday's Blitz Build

Friday, June 20, 2008

this is what we are working for

"At that time, declares the Lord, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel and they shall be my people. The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness. When Israel sought for rest, the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Again I will build you, and you shall be built, Oh Virgin Israel! [...] Again you will plant vineyards; the planters shall plant and enjoy the fruit. [...] Behold I will bring them from the North Country, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the pregnant woman and she who is in labor, together; a great company, they shall return. With weeping they will come, and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back, I will make them walk by brooks of water, in a strait path in which they shall not stumble, for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. Hear the word of the Lord, O Nations, and declare it in the coastlands for away; say 'He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep as a shepherd keeps his flock. for the Lord has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.'" Jeremiah 31 (selections) This is the kingdom we are proclaiming. This is ultimate rest, the ultimate restoration of all things. We are called to proclaim it, we are called even to begin ushering it in...but only in the confidence that one day it will be fully and finally present. There are days that I drive around the Bay and just want to walk away...the pain is big-bigger than any of us is capable of restoring. I watched the movie Hotel Rwawanda the other night, and I wept because the pain is so big. It's beyond any of us. It is more than any human, any program, and social service, military strategy, or philanthropic organization can handle. It's a hurt that runs to the deepest part of human beings. The beauty of this verse is that God promises, PROMISES to "redeem Jacob from the hands too strong for him [Jacob]." This is the all encompassing redemption that no social service can offer. It is why, when Lagniappe was planted, we were planted as a CHURCH, not a relief program. It is the only reason we can continue serving in a community with overwhelming need...there is one behind us who is sufficient for the task. There is a King coming; of this we are confident. "I will turn their mourning into Joy; I will comfort them and give them gladness for sorrow...and my people will be satisfied with my goodness," declares the Lord.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Working on the Roof

This week, at both the Favre and Seymour homes, the main goal has been to get the roof constructed. Since the framing is completed the next step is to get the trusses onto the houses and plywood to begin the roof. The pictures of both the Favre and Seymour homes are with just the trusses completed. The Sam and Tina Seymour home
You might notice that there are no volunteers in the background, about 5 minutes before this photo was taken the group working at the site decided to go and take an ice cream break. So work site leader Clyde Baker and “re-tern” Thomas Wedeking (Lexington KY) are here by themselves with a bag full of popsicles. Artistic photos waiting for volunteers (Complements of Ansley Quiros) There we go The Harry Favre home Mr. Harry Favre is on the far right in this photo

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

KaBOOM Build Featured on ABC

The KaBOOM Build that happened this last Saturday was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday June 17. The link below will connect to ABC website video player to see the new story features on Good Morning America


One of the things we love to ask our volunteers to do while they are here is to make a sign which reflects something about the town, church or organization they come from. We never cease to be amazed at the creativity that goes into each sign, and we love the color they provide our "industrial" looking building! Please visit our web album which contains a photo of every single one of our where yat sign. So please be thinking about your sign or look up the sign that you left behind or enjoy the rest. Click here to link to the photo web album!

Morning 17 June

Spurgeon: "Help, Lord," will suit us living and dying, suffering or laboring, rejoicing or sorrowing. In Him our help is found, let's not be slack to cry to Him. The answer to prayer is certain, if it is sincerely offered through Jesus. The Lord's character assures us that He will not leave His people; His relationship as a Father and a Husband guarantee us His aid; His gift of Jesus is a pledge of every good thing; and His sure promise stands,'Do not fear, I will help you'." A remarkable, short prayer, but there is a good deal of directness, clearness of perception, and distinctness of utterance in this petition of two words.

Monday, June 16, 2008


On Saturday all of the Lagniappe Interns helped participated in the 100th KaBOOM build. KaBOOM builds build playgrounds in cities that were hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The very first KaBOOM build was in Bay St. Louis and they came back here for the 100th park. The park was named in honor of Martin Luther King. Beginning of the build Intern Ashley Myhal of Tega Cay, SC helping move part of the playgroud equipment Intern Tim Fangmeier of Hebron, NE assembling the playground equipment The Martin Luther King Park basketball court The ribbon cutting ceremony for the park opening

Friday, June 13, 2008

First Pres Jackson

After a week of rebuilding, First Presbyterian Church from Jackson is heading home. Here are some pictures from their work at the Seymour and Favre work sites The Favre home The Seymour home

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Another New Home Build

On Monday, Lagniappe began new construction on a new house for Mr. Harry Favre. We are building this house in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. This week First Presbyterian from Jackson, MS is working on the home. A look at the Favre home from Monday to Wednesday Andrew Thompson leading the work site. James Hildreth (intern) of Brewton AL is helping at the site

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

More Walls

More walls are going up at the Seymour home this week. Most of the exterior walls are now up and a large portion of the interior walls are as well. This week First Pres. from Jackson, MS are working on the house. With over 90 degree heat plus humidity we encourage our volunteers to sit down and take a break in the shade now and then.

A Look Inside A (almost) Completed Lagniappe House

The twins are two Lagniappe homes that are almost completed. Right now all that is needed to complete is to get the water and electric done and then the families should be ready to move in. But here are some pictures from the inside of a Lagniappe house. Dustin showing the kitchen and dinning area of one house Kitchen Bedroom Warp-a-round deck

Friday, June 06, 2008

Getting ready for the PCA General Assembly

At the PCA General Assembly in Dallas, Lagniappe will be bringing a mock house for other churches to see everything that goes into building a house. Many of the interns have been helping on the building of the house with instruction from master carpenter Andrew. Moving the mock home so it can be worked on Andrew, master carpenter Sam Berton (intern) of Kearney, Nebr Working on the paint job Interns Lauren Spigner of Manning, SC and Ansley Quiros of Atlanta, GA

Thursday, June 05, 2008

William Davis Home

Also this week Lagniappe began work on a home repair for Mr. William Davis. This week Trinity Presbyterian from Kearney, Nebraska came down in-spite of the fact that tornados hit their home town to still work and help others. Chad Anderson of Trinity Pres. Working on adding Tyvek to the side of the home John Holl Mr. William Davis