Dear Heart of a Shepherd Followers and Hillsdale family and friends,

Hillsdale is pressing forward with plans to form a demolition\construction relief team that  will be ready to go into the area devastated by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston, Texas area as soon as it is safe and the waters have receded.

We will be working through Operation Renewed Hope and with a local church and pastor in the flood zone (I am waiting to hear from one of five pastors).  Our goal will be to work in the community on behalf of the local church.

We have men signing up for the trip and our goal is around 15 men…some skilled and experienced…others young and strong enough to handle long days, heavy demolition and primitive conditions.  Please pray for us to bring together the skill set needed.

We will purchase building materials, including at least 40 pieces of Dry Wall, to take with us since the outlying areas of Houston will probably exhaust supply stores in the region.

A few have designated for the expenses of the relief team and we estimate a need of $10,000-12,000 to cover construction materials, water and food supplies for the team and community,  and expenses (fuel, housing if available, food, etc).

If you are interested in joining our effort to assist the Houston area with a “boots on the ground” ministry to a church and community, you can give by going to Hillsdale’s website and under the Donations button, type in “Hurricane Relief” beside “Other”…

Our trip coordinator is Pastor Justin Jarrett and you can email him at

With the heart of a shepherd,

Pastor Travis D. Smith

Senior Pastor