Workdays: September 14 & 16, 2017

Update and Workday Announcement
Thursday, September 14th & Saturday September 16th

We had a couple of excellent workdays serving last week.  As usual the fellowship was awesome with the volunteers and the homeowners!

This week we will be working Thursday and Saturday.   We will be working on homes in the Black Forest Thursday and Saturday. The work will consist of trimming up trees, cleaning up trees that are already down, dropping trees and stacking the slash.

We are closing in on the end of our season (the end of October) and have been incredibly blessed to have the very long list of projects reduced to just enough to complete!   Please pray about joining us.  We work every Thursday and Saturday (with the exception of holiday weekends). Church teams and youth groups are always welcome.

Please let us know if you are available to work Thursday or Saturday starting at 08:30. Even if you can only come for part of the day we would love to have you come out and help.  Please let us know via email at info@hoperestored.org or via the phone at 719.749.6286 so we can send the details for the day.

Please keep the team in your prayers that God will give them wisdom and opportunity as they work the projects.

As always your prayer and financial support is greatly appreciated.

Blessings!


Workdays: September 7 & 9, 2017

Update and Workday Announcement
Thursday, September 7th & Saturday September 9th

We had an excellent workday serving last week.  As usual the fellowship was awesome with the volunteers and the homeowners!

This week we will be working Thursday and Saturday.   We will be working on a home in the Glen Eagle area Thursday and at a home in the Black Forest on Saturday. The work will consist of trimming up trees, cleaning up trees that are already down, dropping trees and stacking the slash.

We are closing in on the end of our season (the end of October) and have been incredibly blessed to have the very long list of projects reduced to just enough to complete!   Please pray about joining us.  We work every Thursday and Saturday (with the exception of holiday weekends). Church teams and youth groups are always welcome.

Please let us know if you are available to work Thursday or Saturday starting at 08:30. Even if you can only come for part of the day we would love to have you come out and help.  Please let us know via email at info@hoperestored.org or via the phone at 719.749.6286 so we can send the details for the day.

Please keep the team in your prayers that God will give them wisdom and opportunity as they work the projects.

As always your prayer and financial support is greatly appreciated.

Blessings!


Hurricane Harvey Response Update

Hurricane Harvey Response Update 

We have been closely monitoring the Hurricane Harvey situation and the responses from various organizations. We are currently planning to stay here through the end of October and fulfill the commitments we have made locally.  It is our heart to not send a message to the people to whom we have committed that they are less important than anyone else.  Based on what we know and our past experiences we feel that a late response to Texas will actually have more value.  Here are the reasons:
What We Know
Large disaster response ministries have  deployed resources prior to the storm touching down. They did this to stage the resources as close as possible to the areas that will need help when those areas open. The areas will not open until the storm has passed and the water has receded enough to work this could take days or weeks.

Relief efforts continue being delayed by the weather.  All search and rescue and recovery efforts, as well as infrastructure emergency maintenance, must be completed in any areas where volunteers will be working to assure a safe working environment.

What We Have Experienced
There will be many volunteers for the first weeks of activity.  This will start to taper off as the news dies down.  This will leave a huge gap in volunteer resources for the last few weeks of the clean up effort.  This is where we feel we would be of most value.  This should coincide with the end our our local season and commitments.
Based on these ideas we have started to plan for a late response. If you think you would be interested in November please let us know and we can start planning if we know who and when people are available.

Blessings!


2017 Season Opener

 

 

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Season Opener!!
​Workday Announcement

We officially start our season Thursday May 11th and Saturday May 13th. We will be working on a fire mitigation project in the Skyway area of Colorado Springs (SW part of town). Work will include cutting and limbing trees and scrub oak, and stacking slash for chipping.

Please let us know if you are available to work Thursday May 11th or Saturday May 13th starting at 08:30. Please let us know via email at info@hoperestored.org or via the phone at 719.749.6286 so we can send the details for the day.

Please keep the team in your prayers that God will give them wisdom and opportunity as they work the projects.

 


Workday – Colorado Springs Wind Disaster

 

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Workday Announcement

Yesterday the team completed another project and started the project that we are planning to work this Saturday, weather permitting. The project will be all cutting trees and stacking slash.

Please let us know if you are available to work Saturday starting at 09:00. Please let us know via email at info@hoperestored.org so we can send the details for the day.

Please keep the team in your prayers that God will give them wisdom and opportunity as they work the projects.

 


November 2016 Workdays

 

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Newsletter – November 2016

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Current Status
Our season for crises relief in Colorado Springs, CO has again come to a close until May of next year.

We have been blessed to serve at 15 homes this year. The team has cleared well over 1,500 burned trees in the 26 weeks that we were able to work this year!

We experienced some challenges with Byron’s health this season. However, the team easily rose to those challenges ministering to the local community.

End Of Season Party!!
We are having our end of season party Saturday November 19th at Rocky Mount Calvary (4285 North Academy Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80918) in the junior high room from 11:00 to 1:30. We want to invite all volunteers, homeowners we have served, sponsors and donors, and anyone interested in the ministry. We are providing lunch and asking you to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

We need you to sign up for the party so we have a good count. We are providing lunch! Sign up for the end of season party here: EOS Party Signup Or can contact us via email at info@hoperestored.org or via phone at 719.749.6286.

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Off Season Activities
The off season is when we work to clean, perform maintenance, and repair tools. We also will be working on some trailer updates as well.

Byron and Susan also teach during the off season. Last year we were blessed to teach for the men’s group at Calvary Chapel Simi Valley and the men’s group for Wilson United Methodist. Teachings are from lessons about serving and grace that we have learned over the last 5 years. If you are interested in more information please contact us via email at info@hoperestored.org or via phone at 719.749.6286.

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Praise Reports (Answered Prayers)
God is good, all the time! We are blessed beyond our ability to understand.

  1. Byron’s heart surgery was a total success. The heart valve was successfully repaired and a complete recovery is expected.
  2. Workdays have been completed with only minor interruptions. THANK YOU to Susan for picking up the lead role and to all the volunteers who have stepped up to the challenges.

Prayer Requests
Here are the ministry needs for which we are seeking prayer:

  1. ​Help to wisely discern how to invest our time, resources, and talents.
  2. Opportunities to teach.
  3. ​Sourcing – Please pray that God will help us to get into the right places and organizations. Also that He will continue to help us get the donations required for tooling and supplies to support the volunteers in the work.

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God has given us an excellent season and we have been wonderfully blessed. Please continue to pray for the ministry for travel mercies, provisions, protection, wisdom, and endurance. We have seen God answer prayer after prayer. We want to make sure that we never lose sight that all that has been done has been accomplished through the direct provision of God. God has been our source of strength, protection, and provision. As we continue in this season we want to encourage you to continue to pray for the ministry.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

If you have questions about this ministry please feel free to contact us. You can email us at: info@hoperestored.org or call us at: 719.749.6286.


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October 2016 Workdays

 

 

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Fire Clean Up and Mitigation

We will continue working on a properties in Black Forest that experienced heavy damage in the 2013 fire. There are many trees down that need to be cleared and stacked for chipping.

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Upcoming Work:

We are currently scheduled, weather permitting, for workdays on:– Wednesday October 12th
​- Saturday October 15th

– Wednesday October 19th
– Saturday October 22nd
​- Wednesday October 26th
– Saturday October 29th

Help us finish the season strong! Please consider inviting your friends, church, Sunday School or small group, or introducing us to your youth leader.

You can see our current workdays (and sign up) here: Volunteer Opportunities. You are, of course, alway welcome to sign up via email (info@hoperestored.org, or via phone (719.749.6286). ​​

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Prayer Requests
Here are the ministry needs for which we are seeking prayer:

  1. Help to wisely discern how to invest our time, resources, and talents.
  2. Opportunities, courage, and success for the volunteers in sharing the gospel through all of the interactions that we have as we serve.
  3. Safety – Much of the work we are doing includes running power equipment including chain saws and chippers. Please pray that God will continue to protect all of us as we work and travel to and from the work sites.
  4. Sourcing – Please pray that God will help us to get into the right places and organizations. Also that He will continue to help us get the donations required for tooling and supplies to support the volunteers in the work.

 

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Sign-Off

We have had an excellent year. We have experienced God’s grace and mercy. Please continue to pray for the ministry for travel mercies, provisions, protection, wisdom, and endurance. We have seen God answer prayer after prayer. We want to make sure that we never lose sight that all that has been done has been accomplished through the direct provision of God. God has been our source of strength, protection, and provision. As we move toward the end of this season we want to encourage you to continue to pray for the ministry.

We look forward to seeing you soon!If you have questions about this ministry please feel free to contact us. You can email us at: info@hoperestored.org or call us at: 719.749.6286.


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July 2014 Newsletter

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Summer has arrived!  The weather has provided for a wild ride so far this year with heat, rain, wind, lightening, and tornadoes all in our local area.  We have monitored multiple events already this year in our local area including fires, flooding, and tornados. Fortunately none of these, so far, have required a disaster response.

Current Status

 

We have completed 15 work orders with 22 work days so far this year. The work has included tree clean up in the Black Forest, fire mitigation, digging a trench, and small home repair.

 

 

We currently have another 7 work orders that we are working to get onto the calendar. 

 

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Open Work Orders

 

Sifting east of Kiowa

We worked sifting a home that burned just east of Kiowa.  There is still one more day of work required to complete this work order.  We are working with the homeowner to set a date to return.

 

Sifting in Black Forest

We have an open work order in the Black Forest for a sifting job.  We almost completed this work order when a thunderstorm closed the work site with lightening.  We will be working with the homeowner to set up a return date.

 

Tree Work Black Forest

We have three work orders to help families in Black Forest with clearing trees.   We are working with each to establish work days.

 

Sediment Cleanup

We have had two jobs identified for sediment removal along Cheyenne Creek due to last years flooding.  We are working a myriad of issues to lock in these jobs.  Once we are able to resolve the issues we will be getting these on the calendar.

Training

 

Byron had the privilege to teach a class for the Woodmen Valley Chapel Disaster Response Team (DRT) in June.  We had a great response.

Out of Our Lane

We have recently been made aware of a significant need in our community.  It may not seem like a disaster response activity… but then maybe you have toilet paper at your house.  The number one commodity need for the under privileged in our community is toilet paper.  Once local charity organization has stated that they need over 500,000 rolls to meet the need for this year alone!  Jerry and Kathy have been working for the last five years to help meet this need.  This year they will be working their 5th annual fund raiser to buy toilet paper.   Even though this is out of our “normal working lane” we are burdened to get involved.  So we are making a call for toilet paper donations, and not the single ply.  (Consider what you would prefer to use and let’s make that what we donate.)  We will also be supporting the 5K run/walk this August the 23rd with volunteers, TP donations, and runners/walkers.  

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Answered Prayers

We recently received a large grant from our local chapter of the Red Cross.  This will result in our having a good supply of Tyvek coveralls and N95 masks. 

 

Tammie Sandin is back from her missionary trip to Nicaragua.  She had a safe trip and a wonderful experience.

 

 

David Bendt returned safely from a tornado response with Samaritan’s Purse in Pilgar, NE.

Prayer Requests

 

Here are the ministry needs for which we are seeking prayer:

 

1.  Help to wisely discern how to invest our time, resources, and talents.

 

2. Opportunities, courage, and success for the volunteers in sharing the gospel through all of the interactions that we have as we serve.

 

3. Safety – Much of the work we are doing includes running power equipment including chain saws and chippers.  Please pray that God will continue to protect all of us as we work and travel to and from the work sites.

 

4. Sourcing – Please pray that God will help us to get into the right places and organizations to get the donations required for tooling and supplies to support the volunteers in the work.

 

5. Staffing – We are in need of volunteer staff to help us with grants and with sourcing.  We need someone who can research and write grant requests.  We also need someone who can help us source supplies like personal protective equipment (chaps, safety helmets with facemasks and ear protection, etc.) , tooling (limb clippers, weed whips, brush cutters, wheelbarrows, etc.) water, and snacks.

 

 

As always, we are extremely grateful for your prayer support.  We look forward to hearing from you in person, on the phone, email, snail mail, or Facebook.  Until then; here, there, or in the air!

 

In His Service,

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Season Opener

We opened our season with a trip to the far east edge of Colorado Springs.  We worked clearing tumbleweeds from a 250+ foot driveway. 

 

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Open Work Orders

We currently have eight open work orders. 

 

Sifting in Black Forest

We have an open work order in the Black Forest for a sifting job.  We started this job at the end of last year and were able to make three trips before the weather forced us out. There is one more day of work left.  We will start when the temperatures rise enough for the ash to thaw.

 

Sifting east of Kiowa

We assessed a home that burned just east of Kiowa the first of the year.  The road conditions to get to the property were dangerous at the time of assessment and have gotten worse with the recent snows.  Once the weather clears and the roads have time to clear from snow and ice, and the ash has time to thaw we will get this one on the calendar.

 

Repairing Vapor Barrier

We had this job on the calendar for the 1st of February.  It was cancelled due to weather and unsafe road conditions. This is a small job taking only two or three volunteers.  We will get it back on the calendar as soon as possible.

 

Tree Work Black Forest

We have work orders to help three families in Black Forest with clearing trees.  These will be big jobs requiring multiple visits. 

 

Dig a Ditch

We have just assessed helping to dig out a drainage pipe that clogged during the flooding last year and caused a basement to flood.  We did the mud-out and have been asked if we would be willing to come back and help dig out the pipe so the homeowner can repair it.

 

Fire Mitigation

We are scheduling a return visit to Jane’s home to work fire mitigation.

Opprotunity

We were given the opportunity to present Hope Restored to the congregation at Rocky Mountain Calvary (Colorado Springs, CO) during all three services.  We also had a table in the foyer for people to sign up for newsletters, to ask questions, and to talk. 

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Training

We had the privilege to provide a training for fire, flood, and tornado response to the team at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church (Colorado Springs, CO).  They had a great turn out of team members and two representatives from the El Paso County Emergency Operations Center. 

 

Byron has been invited by the El Paso County Emergency Operations Center to help teach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes in May and June.

Miscellaneous

 

Byron and Susan have been invited to speak at a church family camp in California in June.

Answered Prayers

 

God is providing opportunities in our local community for our teams to work and share the gospel.  We committed to focus our efforts on the greater Colorado Springs area this year.  We have completed two work orders already, have another eight work orders that are ready to work, and have two work orders that are ready to be assessed.

 

 

We have been able to purchase two new chain saws that will be used immediately this year on the existing three work orders and the work orders that we expect to add in the next couple of months that we have that have a good deal of tree work.

Prayer Requests

 

Here are the ministry needs for which we are seeking prayer:

 

 

  • Help to wisely discern how to invest our time, resources, and talents.
 
  • Opportunities, courage, and success for the volunteers in sharing the gospel through all of the interactions that we have as we serve.
 
  • Sourcing – Please pray that God will help us to get into the right places and organizations to get the donations required for tooling and supplies to support the volunteers in the work.  Specifically we are low on Tyvek type coveralls for expected flooding and fire response.

 

As always, we are extremely grateful for your prayer support.  We look forward to hearing from you in person, on the phone, email, snail mail, or Facebook.  Until then; here, there, or in the air!

 

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Merry Christmas from Hope Restored

 

Merry Christmas!

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For unto us a child is born, a son is given: and the
government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 

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About 2,000 years ago angels from heaven came to the
lowliest of all mankind with good news of hope.
In that time shepherds were considered some of the lowest members of
society.  They were so poorly thought of
that they were not even allowed to testify in a court of law.  Yet God Himself sent His mighty messengers to
them with the first announcement of the birth of hope, Jesus.  Born of a virgin, in a barn, a feeding trough
for a crib, surrounded by animals, the creator of all the universe came to us,
a gift from a loving and gracious God.
As we celebrate Christmas may we be reminded of the glorious birth of
our Lord and Savior.  May the gift of
salvation, through a personal relationship with Jesus, be the gift that we most
treasure. May we reflect on the only true hope that we and the rest of humanity
will ever experience.  May our hearts be
filled with grace and peace!

Merry CHRISTmas.

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