A TEARFUL GOODBYE

This morning we received the heartbreaking news that our friend, Peggy Cline, from Fairdale, IL, passed away suddenly from a heart attack. As most of you know, Peggy and her husband Wayne were the recipients of one of the two Illinois disaster relief builds in 2015. 

Peggy was a true servant. Her entire life was dedicated to serving her family and community with love, patience, and kindness. Those of us lucky enough to have gotten to know her well during the exciting 4 month preparation and build quickly fell in love with her motherly way. She truly loved us, and we loved her back. 

The tears are flowing today as we come to the realization that we’ve lost her here on earth, but we have hope of a sweet reunion because of our Savior, and the impact He made on her life through His hands and feet here on earth. 

Please be in prayer for Wayne, Brian, Julie, and the rest of her family in this difficult time. 

Lord, may you be glorified for, among many other things, Peggy’s lasting impact on those around her. Please hug her for all of us who wish we had another opportunity to. Amen. 

ADDRESS CHANGE

OFOP’s physical address has changed. Please make a note of this to assure that your future contributions and/or correspondences reach us! As always, we appreciate your passion for service.

Our new address is:

2755 E. County Rd 1800, Carthage IL, 62321

ILLINOIS SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Hello all! We hope you’re all having a great winter! Spring is just around the corner, and a local need has arisen in West Central Illinois. 

A Keisburg woman currently fighting her third battle with breast cancer, is in immediate need of a roof replacement. A few familiar OFOP  volunteers have a strong calling to assist with this need. Plans are being made for a one-day replacement, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 11th. This is not a ONE FAMILY ONE PURPOSE funded or organized project, but we want to encourage our generous volunteers and donors to get involved in this local service opportunity. 

For additional information about the fundraising or the project schedule, contact Pat at (309)221-1081. 

We really appreciate your prayerful consideration!

THE HOUSE

For those of you who want to see some of the finished product, I thought I’d give you some pics here to check out. My image space is limited on this blog platform, but I’ll put more on the OFOP Facebook page. Thank you all for making this beautiful home come to life. 

Packing it up

Roy’s trailer is loaded, which is a clear indication that our work here is almost done. The only thing left is to hand over the keys to Perry and Jan tomorrow at 10am. All the volunteers agree that this year has been a blessing. The food was terrific, the home has come along without a hitch, the housing has been comfortable, and the fellowship has been extraordinary. 

Tomorrow, we’ll head home with a rejuvenated appreciation for all that we have. We’ll be reunited with our loved ones who we’ve missed so dearly. Despite our joyful reunion, we’ll also be sad to say goodbye to old and new friends. It’s all part of a this beautiful work that so many have been called  to carry out. 

Thank you, Lord, for using us. 

HOPE

I had an errand to run today a few hours away in Shawnee Kansas,  so I hadn’t seen the progress for the day until after the devotion tonight. A few of us headed out for some trim work to get a head start on tomorrow’s agenda. When I walked in, it was hard to hold back the tears. My mind was taken back to earlier this summer when I came to Solomon to do some filming for the project kickoff. 

I drove down Perry and Jan’s lane that day through overgrown weeds, past debris slung throughout the lot.  What was once their home was nothing more than a few walls covered with moldy drywall. A smoke alarm eerily chirped through the otherwise silent remains. There was little or no signs of hope on this lot. That was then, and this is now. 

Tonight, you cannot enter a single room in this beautiful home without seeing hope. Hope of new memories. Hope of grandchildrens laughter. Hope of new friends visiting from far away. And most importantly, hope in Jesus Christ. These walls, securely braced by His hands and feet, serve as a constant reminder of the hope we have in Him. 

Maybe it’s the beauty of the home that made me tear up when I walked in tonight, but I dont think that was it. I think it was the beauty of His grace.