What an Awesome Start!

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We have completed the first of the three days and what an awesome start it was! Expecting to have our team mostly on one site, we were almost immediately split into three teams on three sites. Although logistics were a bit of a challenge, everyone was in great spirits and we sent one team to frame a roof, a second to brace a flooring system in a house, and a third to do sheetrock and painting work.

By afternoon, our awesome hostesses/meal planners/gophers/caterers/painters/all-around take care of the detail”ers” had everyone fed and were on to help at the painting house. The Backyard Bible Team joined them and got the interior of the house painted while the other two teams finished their tasks.

By the end of the day, everyone was tired, but hanging in there, and about 60% of the roof decking was complete. In about 5 1/2 hours we will go at it again, in hopes of finishing all the sheathing and roof decking in the morning. The painting crew will get another coat on the Long Beach house, in order that we can install the kitchen cabinets in the afternoon.

The BBQ was very tasty tonight, everyone is still in the game, and it is awesome to see how everyone is willing to chip in, help and encourage one another.

I can’t wait to see how much we get accomplished today!

The Team is HERE!

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After travel from the 4 corners of the Southeastern universe, commonly known as Birmingham and Atlanta, the largest DiRT Team to grace the sands of Bay St. Louis, MS, has arrived and settled in for the next few days. 25 people from Liberty Baptist (Chelsea, AL), Wildwood Baptist (Acworth, GA), Woodstock Baptist (Woodstock, GA) and Calhoun United Methodist (Calhoun, GA) have taken residence in 4 houses for the remainder of the week to help in the rebuild process on the Gulf Coast.

Yes, there is still work to be done from Hurricane Katrina.
Yes, there is a need for more volunteers.
Yes, there is need for donations of materials or money for materials.
Yes, the volunteer pool has dwindled to a challenging level.
Yes, DiRT is continuing to be a regular contributor to the rebuild effort.

We will begin on Thursday morning with a construction team and a Backyard Bible Team. Part of the Liberty Baptist group will be meeting with families in a local apartment complex to share the love of Jesus in a VBS style format. The remainder of the team will be working on several projects in an effort to complete a couple of homes and move other projects forward.

Specifically, we have already helped frame a house, including the trusses, and we hope to get the roof installed before we leave on Saturday.

Please pray for the continued safety of the team, both on jobsites and in travel, and pray for the hearts of the people we will meet on jobsites and in the bible club to be open to what God has to say through our words and our actions.

As the DiRT continues to grow, God shows us new and exciting ways to be the hands and feet of Christ! Stay tuned for daily updates regarding the trip progress!

1st Annual Banquet a Success! Who Do YOU Know?

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I can’t begin to explain how excited I am about our DiRT Banquet! We had families from our host church, Wildwood Baptist, families from other churches, and even missions leaders from other area churches!

After an awesome dinner from Johnny’s (a delectable Baked Ziti and Chicken Alfredo) and a cavalcade of desserts, we settled in for the state of the DiRT nation address and some games and prizes.

I am sorry to report that one particular table (that shall remain nameless) tried their best to sweep the awards and left with at least DiRT T-shirts and Home Depot Gift Cards. Additionally, there were other prizes and $200 in scholarships awarded to winners throughout the evening. I must say, the teamwork in the PVC battle was pretty amazing.

…and “Yes,” Larry, there should be a prize for best aligned screws.

Our plan is to have a DiRT event in October at the home of Todd Hanlin, founder of DiRT Ministry. The goal is simple:
Bring at least one person that you could share DiRT with.

Think about people in your circle of influence: co-workers, church friends, family, high school friends, neighbors, etc. …WHO DO YOU KNOW?

Invite them for a fun night of food and fellowship! Watch this blog for more details!

By the way, I would like to thank the people that helped with the Banquet and allowed it to be so successful. A special thanks to Marc Holton, who worked especially hard to make it happen!

New Sponsor Added to our Plus10 Program – Party America!

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Party America, Cobb Pkwy near Target, Acworth, GA

Party America has joined our list of sponsors! The location we are currently working with is on Cobb Pkwy in Acworth, GA, in the Target Plaza. When you make a purchase, mention DiRT Ministry at the counter and they will track our purchases. Every quarter, we get a check back from them for a percentage of our totals.

What a great way to support DiRT — Simply shop with our sponsors for things you already buy!

DiRT Banquet this Saturday night at 6:30!

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If you haven’t confirmed your attendance for the 1st Annual DiRT Celebration Banquet, you have to call Todd directly TODAY to be sure there will be food for you and your guest(s). For those of you that are signed up, we are going to have a blast! Johnny’s Pizza will be providing the food, and they continue to be one of our best supporters.

Some of you have committed to come, but are planning to pay at the door. Make sure you bring $10/ticket or we may have to get our bouncers involved! We will begin dinner promptly at 6:30, so don’t be late.

Dress will be casual and you should plan to have fun! God is doing some awesome things in the life of DiRT and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Take care,

Chili’s Flyer for June 22

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Time to do it again! Print this flyer and take it with you, and Chili’s will donate 10% of your bill to the DiRT Ministry! Pepper in some fun on Tuesday, June 22nd from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at your local Chili’s!  See the flyer for participating restaurants.

Click here to open the flyer.

Last Chance to Signup for DiRT Banquet!

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The 1st Annual DiRT Celebration Banquet is quickly approaching! On Saturday, June 26th, at 6:30pm, we will have an awesome dinner at Wildwood Baptist Church in Acworth, GA. This event will include a catered meal, games, prizes and an opportunity to hear a brief overview of how God has been using DiRT over the past 3 years and what we expect God to do with the Ministry in the next few years.

Please take this opportunity to invite someone that might have an interest in DiRT in order for us to expand into new circles of influence.

Questions may be directed to Todd Hanlin at todd@dirtministry.com or by calling 678-379-DiRT. Reservations for the banquet are required by the 20th and can be made through Todd as well.

Chili’s Flyer for DiRT Ministry

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The first Chili’s DiRT Ministry Night flyer is here! Print this flyer and take it with you, and Chili’s will donate 10% of your bill to the DiRT Ministry! Pepper in some fun on Tuesday, June 8th from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at your favorite Chili’s!

Chili’s Flyer – June 8th

DiRT Dining Card – Get Yours FREE!

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Within the next week or so, we will print our new DiRT Dining Card. The purpose of this card is to encourage DiRT supporters to eat at restaurants that help support our Cause. Each of the restaurants listed on the card have agreed to give a percentage back to DiRT Ministry based on your purchase. In many cases, they will donate 10% of your total bill to DiRT!

If you have a favorite place to eat, feel free to ask the Manager if they would like to participate and send their contact info to info@dirtministry.com.

You will find more info about this new program on this website within the next few days, and we hope to have a card you can download and print from the website. Check back soon for more info and check regularly to see when we add restaurants.

Thanks, and don’t forget the upcoming DiRT Banquet on June 26th!

Upcoming Events – June and July

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Here are some events that you should be aware of.

June 6 and 13th – DiRT will host the International Cafe at Wildwood Baptist
– Primary Focus: Sign people up for July, September, and November trips
– Secondary Focus: Promote DiRT Banquet to increase ministry awareness on June 26th

June 26th - DiRT Banquet at Wildwood Baptist Faith Center
– GOAL: Have fun, eat good, and tell people about DiRT – outreach to community and area churches

July 11-17
- Summer Trip to Bay St. Louis, MS
– July 11-14: Need at least 20 people to fill 1st half of week
– July 14-17: Couples focus trip – already have 9 couples signed up to go from Liberty Baptist in Chelsea, AL – more room available

Check back on The Latest DiRT for ongoing developments!

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