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Ephesians 4:16   From HIM, the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.


We had a need. God and they had a solution.

The gate and retaining wall leading to our back yard were too narrow to drive through with a truck. This limited firewood, moving, parking, and many other needs.

I can help people with faith building, but wall building is tough for me.

7.30.04, Don,web, Steve, Shane, ret wall


Todd Vela offered to coordinate a team of helpers.

Don Vaas, Shane Herrema, volunteered power

equipment and time to remove the old wall

(6x6 timbers) and trees on Friday . My brother

Steve and neighbor kid Chris were hired to help

 remove timbers and remove the old fence along

the top. Standard Lumber donated many timbers.


By Friday night, the old was gone. The team,


tools & trucks made such a difference!


By Saturday night the new had come. Todd and his

team installed the new 6x6 timbers, some of them

28 feet long, during most of Saturday.


Love in action has gotten our neighbors’ attention.

They have noticed how many times people have

been so helpful. The family of God intrigues them

 as they see the body of Christ working together.


We sure are grateful. With so many other projects,

I might not have gotten to this one until next year. I kept wondering why these busy people were taking time out of their lives to help us.

All I can do is say “thank you” with my life.


I hope that in some way I will help others remove barriers now holding them back. Maybe in some way we can help build their faith, or connect them with a team and powerful tools that will help change their lives.



1 Thess.2:8  “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only  the Gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”

How can we share our lives with people, connecting with them beyond scheduled meetings, like Jesus and Paul did?

Firesides, travel time, adventures, fishing, with Kurt K, Greg, and Brian brought Real Faith principles into real life in Canada last weekend. In some ways it would take 4 months of weekly meetings to grow as much as we did in those 4 days.

Thanking God, by faith, for expectations not being met, sharing the word with loons calling in the background, singing praises  that echo across quiet waters which mirror the fire in the clouds of sunset, feeling a sense of awe at God’s creation... How we hunger for more of God’s revelation...



We didn’t catch a lot of fish, and I’m a rookie

with walleye, so I am extra grateful for

catching an 11# walleye, 31”, 17” girth.

The guys  put me in the right place with

the right equipment, with good advice

for this fish of a lifetime.









I hope I can help people fish for men                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

more effectively with good  teamwork,

 tools, and training, so they can

 experience the joy of seeing people

receiving Christ.


More answered prayer next week...

Other small groups

Progress in home

Kelly and Rosa and boyfriend

Opening doors with neighbors


Thank you for praying


Ø  Continued progress in launching Men’s Ministries at Ada Bible, Fifth Ref’d, and    Westend CRC, (First gathering/vision event at Ada, Sept 18th)

Ø   Real Faith Mentoring to 4 generations in many other places

Ø  Sharing real life with Real Faith, special relational connections this summer

Ø  Quality organizing of office and home

Ø  Continued healing of finger, neck ,and shoulder... making slow progress

Ø  Continued healing for Ginger, much pain, fatigue...

Ø  Quality times as family ,as Kurt C. prepares to leave for missions training

Grateful to serve and enjoy God with you,