OSLC attends 2016 Murray, Iowa
Six youth and three adult leaders attended the weekend workcamp in Murray, Iowa June 24-27. Those attending were Nate Vorm, Sara Vorm, Madison Vorm, Chloe Andersen, Johanna Sauers, Logan Nielsen, Kyle Polson, David Graeve, and Tim Andersen.
Weekend Workcamps are 4-day, high-energy mission trips where our youth group worked hard repairing homes for people in need, while experiencing the amazing power of community to accomplish God’s work.
There were 270 participants from ten different states who repaired and replaced sagging porches, rebuilt unsafe steps, constructed wheelchair ramps, and painted homes. The workcampers used 250 gallons of paint over the 2 ½ days and completed about $200,000 worth of home repairs.
Murray is located in southern Iowa and has a population of about 750 residents filled with a lot of older mobile homes and terrible streets with basically no business district other than an insurance agency and a bank. The one shining star for the community was a new Casey’s General Store. The streets were horrible obstacle courses full of deep pot holes.
The local church community came together and raised $20,000 to sponsor the weekend workcamp to help their residents in need. Church members assisted in some of the construction projects and provided materials and support. They also baked 180 dozen cookies that they shared with the workcampers. The local churches have also formed a group called Second Saturdays team that continues to help their residents with small repair projects the second Saturday of each month.