We always have a few volunteers come in the day after thanksgiving and work the weekend before the larger group of volunteers show up for work Monday. This year we have around a dozen who were willing to forgo Black Friday shopping and leftover turkey and stuffing. Their sacrifice is real, but don’t feel too bad for them. They’re about to have a nice big meal in Shenandoah, and possibly some dessert to follow.
In one short week, dozens of volunteers will flock to Hamburg Iowa to serve as the hands and feet of Christ. A small crew has been working the last couple of days to strip the remaining lathe and plaster walls and flooring. As we prepare the job site, we also want to prepare the volunteers to make the trip. Here is some vital information you’ll need to know.
The jobsite address is 1207 Jefferson St, Hamburg Iowa. GPS seems to work well in the area so everyone should be in good shape to find it. We will arrive on the site at about 7:30am Monday morning. For those wanting to come Sunday night, feel free to join us at our volunteer housing in Shenandoah.
The lodging is at 200 Church St, Shenandoah Iowa. The building is directly behind the Methodist Church, so look for an old multistory school building behind the church and that’ll be us!
Feel free to bring air mattresses, but they aren’t absolutely necessary, as the building is equipped with bunk beds and mattresses (no promises on comfort level). There should be plenty of room and beds, as well as a couple showers for nightly cleaning.
Meals, as always, will be provided (breakfast lunch and dinner). Parking is somewhat limited on this years sight, so please be respectful of traffic and other peoples property boundaries. Please DO NOT park in other people’s yards. We want to spread Jesus, not ruts in neighbors yards.
This years project will likely wrap up faster than years past, so come early and come often. If you’re planning on coming at the end of the second week, you may be too late. I want to be clear, however, this doesn’t mean we don’t need a lot of help early. We will. But the more people we have come help, the sooner the volunteers and family we are serving can be home to enjoy the holidays.
See you next week!
This week is a big week for ONE FAMILY ONE PURPOSE! We want to remind you of all that’s happening, and it all starts tonight.
The Roseville Soup supper is taking place at 6pm this evening. There will be food an entertainment for the kids, so make sure to stop by and show your appreciation to our brothers and sisters of the Roseville Christian Church for putting this on once again this year. All proceeds from the free will offering will go to our upcoming disaster relief remodeling project in Hamburg, Iowa.
This Saturday is our 9th annual OFOP auction at the Annex in LaHarpe. We’ll be serving pulled pork and chili soup, which has generously been donated from Witches Rib Barbecue! Come between 11-12:30 for food and a sneak peak at all the great auction items. The auction will then begin at 1pm. It’s a great place to pick up some Christmas gifts, so come ready to put your hand in the air!
Hope to see you all twice this week!
The Roseville Christian Church will be holding their annual Soup Supper and night of entertainment Wednesday, November 6th, at 6pm. As always, they’ll be delicious soups including Chili, Potato Soup, and Chicken Noodle. Christian entertainer Steve Parker will be there to entertain the audience, so bring your kids and their friends!
We hope to see you next Wednesday night in Roseville!
Just a reminder, a pre-project meeting will be held tonight at the LaHarpe Christian Church at 6pm. Information will be shared about the upcoming project in Hamburg Iowa! The meeting should be brief (perhaps an hour). Hope to see you there!
The LaHarpe Christian Church is holding a fundraiser meal for OFOP following church service, this Sunday, October 27th! They’ll be serving Pork Chips, burgers, hot dogs, beans, coleslaw and PIE! Meal will begin at noon.
We also want to invite you to come earlier to the church service at 9am. OFOP’s own, Ryan and Roy will deliver the message. There will be a short sermon, followed by information about this years project in Hamburg Iowa.
We hope to see you there!
We will be holding a pre-project informational meeting Monday, October 28th at 6pm at the LaHarpe Christian Church. We’ll be discussing our plans for this year’s projects in Iowa, including the estimated number of volunteers needed, dates, food, volunteer housing, etc.
There are still many around us who aren’t familiar with the work we do for survivors of natural disasters. We encourage you to invite someone new this year. This informational meeting will be the perfect introduction to the ministry! Hope to see you there!
The Stronghurst area churches are holding their annual Chicken and Noodle Dinner this Saturday night from 4:30-7! Please join us at the Stronghurst Methodist Church as volunteers raise money for building materials to be used on our projects in Southwest Iowa. Please spread the word!
Of all the lessons we’ve learned in this ministry, patience has to be at the top. It doesn’t mean it comes easy for us. It just means that we’ve been given many opportunities to exercise it over the years (some we’ve failed miserably, and some we’ve ungracefully managed not to mess up). This year has been one of those lessons.
Typically we identify the families in need very early in the summer, and then finalize plans by mid August. This year, the Lord has reminded us that things don’t always have to be the way they have always been.
During our journey of discovery this year, we’ve crossed paths with a couple families who have unavoidable needs, but needs that are outside of what we typically do as an organization. Their needs are certainly within the scope of disaster relief, but there are a few small differences that have made the search a little more challenging than years past.
This year we followed a lead that led us to Southwestern, Iowa. Heavy winter snowfall in the North, along with significant Spring precipitation in the Midwest combined to cause mass flooding in, among other areas, Iowa and Nebraska. Some of the most heavily impacted areas were areas familiar to OFOP (Thurman, Iowa, the site of our 2012 tornado relief build).
Our leads first led us to Patty and Tom, a couple who’s home was destroyed by flooding in the Spring. By the time we were able to establish connection, they had already used their remaining available resources to purchase a replacement home. There was still a need for a few small improvements to make the new home more livable for their special circumstances, but a newly constructed home was not what they needed. Patty then referred us on to Betty, a neighbor who also lost her residence due to flooding.
When we reached out to Betty, it quickly became clear that her ultimate goal was to purchase and restore her mothers home, which was badly damaged by the flood. Three generations of Betty’s family were impacted (herself, her mother, and her adult daughter who was caring for her grandmother at the time of the flood). Betty selflessly passed on our offer to construct a new home because she felt her daughter Amy, who has three children, had a more significant need than herself.
During our search for a vacant lot to construct a home for Amy, it became apparent that until the flood lines were reorganized, building in their hometown of Hamburg, Iowa would be difficult, if not impossible this winter.
So where do we go from here? More prayer! All new construction leads were drying up when the Holy Spirit stepped in to hit us over the head and to reveal that HIS plan all along was for us to step just a little out of our comfort zone and say yes to a couple of needs that were different from what we’ve always done.
After weeks of prayer, it became clear that the right thing for us to do–what God had been telling us to do all along–was to help Betty renovate her childhood home, help Patty and Tom with a couple small projects in their newly purchased home, and build Amy, Betty’s daughter, a new home in the winter of 2020 (next years project) after all the new flood lines are established.
So we are pleased to announce that we will not allow what we’ve always done to dictate how we show love to those in need. This year, we will be renovating a completely gutted home in Hamburg Iowa, and completing a couple small projects for Patty and Tom in Thurman, Iowa.
It’s also very exciting to announce nearly 14 months in advance, that we have identified our 2020 home recipient (Amy)!
Gods timing and plans are always perfect, and we are excited to be part of that plan this, and next year, in Southwestern Iowa.
We’ll be making more of our plans public in the days to come, as we continue to finalize details such as housing and logistics. Both projects will be within a 20 mile radius, so all volunteers will be under one roof.
We can’t wait to see you in Southwest Iowa!