The Osceola United Methodist Church sent 15 volunteers in mission to help rebuild homes in Henryville, Ind., for a week during September. They lodged at Country Lake Christian Retreat Center and spent day-time hours working on houses with 35 other volunteers from across the Midwest.
They worked on two-and-three bedroom homes. At two of the homes, volunteers rebuilt a deck and placed sheetrock on walls. They painted the inside of another home and installed kitchen cabinets and bathroom fixtures. In another home, they worked on a very large wooden deck including a wheelchair ramp.
Osceola volunteers worked with two relief agency employees, one of whom was supported by the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Volunteers from the Ligonier and Warsaw’s Walnut Grove UMCs also volunteered their serves the same week in Henryville.
Senior Pastor Bob Vale of Osceola said, “It was fun to get to know other Christians from other churches who also serve in this way. We also witnessed and listened to stories from the homeowners, about how this small community has come together and rebuilt along with thousands of others who have rushed in over the past year.”
During the evening, Osceola volunteers sang hymns and songs into the night.
One day, they ate lunch at the Henryville Community Church along with 20 college-aged students from Americorp, who were building a Habitat for Humanity home for a family.
Wednesday night, two United Methodist groups worshipped with members of the Mt. Moriah Baptist church, a country church six miles from town and the home church of Col. Sander’s of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame. During the service, the United Methodists prayed for their new Baptist friends, survivors of the storm.
Osceola volunteers included: Pastor Bob Vale, Dr. John and Sharon Graham, Jim and Joann Overmyer, Kent and Diana Biller, Carolyn Toombs, Bob Karacson, Janet Keller, and the Lindenlaub family of David, Yolanda, Ilana, Melinda and Daniel.