Prayers for Roy

As many of you know, a few days after this years build, Roy had surgery on his leg to repair some old pins and hardware from an accident years ago. An infection was the greatest danger during his recovery. Tonight he was admitted to the hospital for an infection, fever, chest pains and an elevated heart rate. He may be transported to Springfield to aggressively treat the infection. Please join us in praying for God to remove this infection, and for the entire Day family as they cope with this stress during Christmas. We appreciate your prayer, and trust that the Lord will lay His righteous healing hand on our beloved brother.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10

That’s a wrap

With a few final touches for the school to finish in the coming days, ONE FAMILY ONE PURPOSE walks away from Hamburg with a hope that this home will serve as a constant reminder of the love of Christ. Our 2020 build was a little different than others, but the one thing that remained the same was the purpose behind our work, and the love for our Savior that restores us. Thank you all for responding to the Spirit’s call to help make this project another success. On behalf of all the volunteers, thank you and Merry Christmas.


‘Twas the day before siding the volunteers grunt, every servant was stirring except Brad Hunt. The soffit was hung by Hucke with care, in hopes that a siding crew would soon be there. Brad was nestled all snug in his truck, with visions of chocolate ice cream seeping from the ducts. Roy in his overalls and I in my beard, had just settled our brains after talking to Markie who’s weird. When out of the house arose such a clatter, I sprang from my car to see what’s a matter. When what to my wondering eye did appear, George Link and his coffee all over Stokke’s gear. They wrestled around like Tyson and Jones, while the others stood recording on their smart phones. This build is not perfect, nor the volunteers who work, but one thing is certain, here the Holy Spirit lurks. Merry Christmas from Hamburg!

Big numbers, Big progress

Today we have a total of 31 volunteers, which will likely be our biggest day in Hamburg this year. We have volunteers from all over Iowa and Illinois flooding in to the job sight to take part. The Monday after Thanksgiving is always our favorite day–not just because so much takes place, but because we get fresh volunteers full of energy, and that energy is infectious. Those of us who have been working on the build since the Monday before Thanksgiving we’re certainly in need of an energy boost! Cold and windy days will soon be no bother, as our exterior work will likely be wrapped up by tomorrow evening. Pretty impressive considering the fact that there were no walls standing three days ago!

I say this every year, but it’s always true. We are so blessed to have willing hands and the skilled labor that show up at just the right moments.


There are several moving parts on a construction build, and this year is no exception. Delays can happen, and we try to plan for these potential delays as much as possible. We are certain we need plenty of help through Wednesday, but if you’re planning on coming after that day, we’d ask that you reach out before you travel to make sure we aren’t on hold waiting for inspections. The last thing we want is for a willing person or group to travel 5+ hours only to be told that the job is on hold. We could really use your help, so please plan on coming, but call or text me (Ryan) at (309)299-7926 before you leave to assure that the project is moving forward as expected. I will also give updates on this blog and on Facebook, but it’s always a good idea to call before you travel.

Perhaps more importantly, please pray that delays will not hinder our progress in Hamburg.

See you all very soon!

Snow place like home

The weather wasn’t perfect, but a few volunteers braved two and a half days of cold rain and snow in Hamburg, Iowa to get the basement walls framed and the floor system in. Main level walls will be framed this weekend (Friday-Sunday), and if it all goes as planned, we’ll also have the trusses up and the entire house sheeted by the time our largest group of volunteers flow in next Monday. God is good! See you soon!