Hope Village Summary (Posted to Facebook on Dec 17, 2013)

James 2:14-18

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.


This Bible verse speaks to what motivated the thousands of volunteers that traveled here to assist those in need. And while we are told not to be prideful, it bears sharing what was accomplished during the Hope Village operational period. It provided hope and healing to all the displaced, broken, and hurting people after the 2011 flood. When it was all done and over, 5200+ people came to Minot to help with the rebuild. Some as many as 6 times! 170,000 hours of volunteer time was given valued at neary 3.25 million dollars. And most improtantly, 550 homes were reoccupied after our efforts!

People from all walks of faith came together in spartan accomedations to give their time and talents and share their faith with the homeowners. Faith partners across Minot came together and started a movement that people said couldn’t work. It DID work because they saw beyond the naysayers and trusted that God’s plan for the recovery included them. Staying true to that is why the success happened. It has been a great joy to see all the “God stuff” that happened at Hope Village. Never a day went by that we didn’t see God at work through Hope Village.

To all that came and was a part of something bigger than all of us, thank you for your commitment, thank you for your supoport, and thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus. As the month closes down we see the last of Hope Village passing into history as well. It has been a fantastic voyage for all that joined in on the mission and ministry.

Minot Flood Relief

From June 28, 2011 – The record-high water levels currently flooding Minot’s valley have damaged 4,100 homes and forced thousands of people to seek refuge on higher ground with friends, family, and in emergency shelters. While many families were able to move their belongings from their home before evacuating, countless others had to leave some or everything behind. OSLC had reached out to members of the congregation as well as the community who are flood evacuees by providing shelter, moving people, supplying food and coordinating needs. OSLC volunteers continue to serve daily meals for the EOC (Emergency Operations Center).

The wait for the waters to recede will be several weeks, after which displaced homeowners must begin to assess the damage to their homes. Church members from several states are preparing to come to Minot to assist in the recovery. Cleanup of salvageable houses will be a long, arduous task that could take several months. Displaced families will need temporary housing as well as clothing, food, and personal items during this time.

Please take time to lift the people of Minot before the Lord Jesus in your prayers. Thank you.

Click on the “2011 Flood Response Blog” http://www.oslcnow.com/2011-flood-response-blog/ to get the full story and the very latest on OSLC’s response to the catastrophic 2011 flood.


John and Deb Walker, evacuated from their home, hug and pray during a church service for three Lutheran congregations held at The Vegas Hotel Sunday, June 26. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Read story


Thank You Notes From People…

Thank You Cards from Families Receiving

Gifts from the Minot LCMS Flood Relief Fund


To the Flood Relief Committee,

It helps to know that someone cares, thank you!  We so appreciate the money you sent and the fact that you included us even though we moved away – words cannot express the deep gratitude towards the people who donated money to the Minot LCMS flood relief committee. This money is a big help, as we have not found jobs yet.  Again, a BIG thank you to ALL!  Our hearts are with you.  Friends in Christ.  M & J


Dear Pastor Krueger,

Sorry I’m late in getting this to you.  Your members were a Godsend to me installing insulation.  I’ll need you again next spring, hopefully.   Christmas blessings.  KK


Dear Friends,

Thank you very much for the check for $865.95.  It was unexpected.  Peter and I will put every penny into the 100 year old home we love so much.  We can hardly wait to get our antiques back into the house.  Thank you very much.   P & C


Dear Minot LCMS Flood Relief Committee,

Thank you so much for your thoughts, prayers and financial gift.  The rebuilding is going well and hope to be back in my home early spring 2012.  This has been an event that none of us ever thought we would have to face.  God will uphold us through this as he always has.  God’s blessings to all of you.  GA


Dear Flood Relief Committee

Thank you so much for your generous gift of money towards our flood recovery.  It is greatly appreciated.  May the season of Christmas bring new reasons to thank Him for His love and faithfulness. G&R


Dear Pastor Krueger,

Who do I thank for the generous gift from the church?  Man what a BLESSING and a huge surprise!  I am so thankful.  LW

OSLC Hope in the Flood of 2011

Dear Our Savior Lutheran Church,  My church family was very instrumental in helping Brianna and I to get evacuated during the flood.  Terry Voeller has been a special friend in helping to keep eye on the news and offering immediately for not only Brianna and me, but my 3 pets to come stay with her.  Pastor Voth called and advised that trailers were available and people available to help move.  Lisa Potts offered a place to stay, offered help, her van and a place to store our stuff.  Brent and Patti Detlaff came with a trailer and 2 vans to move stuff. Patti called the day after the evacuation to check how we’re doing and to help with moving back when we get the ok.   We couldn’t have got all my stuff out of the basement without the help of my church friends.  It’s great to know that we can count on my church family as my biological family was too far away to get here to help.  Kim Martin also offered a place to stay and Brianna and I (and pets) will be going to Kim’s sometime this weekend as Terry will also be taking in Barb Bethel.  Terry has taken in another friend of hers so has a houseful!!  What a great church family to have!

I keep looking for the good in this situation as I keep having a phrase from this song playing in my head which is  “God is good, all the time”.    The good is knowing the people you can count on, spending time with friends in prayer, sharing meals and getting to know each other better.  We know we are not alone!  Stuff can be replaced but good friends are hard to find and are priceless!

A friend in Christ,

Gayle Balster