Photo courtesy of Darren Trummel.

HOLLAND, Ind. – Fifteen members and friends of the Zoar United Methodist Church in Holland (SW Indiana) spent four days at the end of June in Oklahoma helping residents recover from a disaster caused by wildfires earlier this year. During this Volunteer-In-Mission outreach, the team removed excess sand, prepared a pole barn for concrete work that would become a house, built four-and-a-half well houses (about the size of a dog house) to protect pressure tank and well components, and also built a deck on a mobile home. They were housed and fed at the The Family Life Center of First UMC in Mannford, Okla. Zoar UMC leaders told Together, “All of the people we encountered were very friendly, helpful and appreciative.” Recovery efforts will probably end in November when the money runs out, according to First UMC. The Zoar team would be willing to return for further work.