spreading god's love Near and Far
St. John's congregation is always looking for ways to minister God's word to others.
At the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, the Confirmation and Little Lutheran students began a mission project of sending boxes to Vilmar's military men and women. The congregation’s support was amazing, and we would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who supplied items or gave monetary donations. A total of 19 boxes were sent to six of Vilmar’s soldiers. We received many thank yous from them for the boxes; some even expressed that they were so happy to share all the contents with their company, and how it lifted them up with the unexpected gifts. This project wouldn’t have been possible without all your contributions.
Over the past few years, Vilmar has been supporting mission trips to Les Cayes, Haiti with GoServ Global.
• In October of 2012, six members of Vilmar (Pastor Mark, Jason Edeker, Warren Van Dyke, Robert Dralle, Tim Stoner, and Ken DeBower) embarked on a journey to the island.
• In June of 2014, Jason Edeker went again with a neighboring church from Nora Springs.
• In April of 2015, six members (Pastor Mark, Patty Walker, Jason Edeker, Robert Dralle, Margaret DeBower, and Jenise Westendorf) traveled to the island (left).
The groups work at the orphanages and villages in many different ways. A big project for many of the trips is to complete a Safe T Home (right), work on welding projects, work on the fish hatchery, and provide love and interaction with the children.
• Most recently, in January of 2017, Jason Edeker made his way back to the island. His mission was to help with clean-up and re-construction from destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew in the fall of 2016.
Videos from each trip are displayed below.
Ron Salge also went on a mission trip to a northern region in Haiti, with a church from Hampton. They did a lot of manual concrete work and provided love and support to the orphans in that village.
Closer to home, members of the congregation spent time after the church service one Sunday writing letters and drawing/coloring pictures (center) for the shut-ins, the sick, and the servicemen in our congregation.