July 2017 House Needs


We’re strongly pursuing the hopes of opening the doors for the School of Ministry in October of this year (just a few months away). In order to do so, my family will have to move out of the school building to make way for students. The house we’ve been inching our way along to renovate is still in need of quite a bit of work; this work will need to be finished before we can move in. Realistically, we’re hoping to just get the house in a live-able condition. The following list contains the needs to accomplish that:

Plumbing: Adding kitchen drain to existing drain-work, connecting upstairs drain work to downstairs drains, running the vent pipe through the roof, running water lines, installing electrical water heater, installing tubs and toilets.
Electrical: installing light fixtures inside and out.
Flooring: Both the upstairs and downstairs need leveling. Installing new flooring.
Exterior walls: Patching holes in wood siding, patching fire damage areas, and adding vinyl siding to west side of house.
Interior walls: Adding insulation and drywall.
Roof: Replacing shingles on east side of roof.
HVAC: Installing HVAC (already scheduled for this September).

We’re always open to having volunteers come out to help. If you’d like to schedule a time to come chip away at this list, please contact us!


Summer 2017 Updates


Our annual Youth Summer Event was quite a success this year. We had five churches from the Southwest join us to worship the Lord, study His Word, and serve those around us. We cherish the memories we’re able to make year after year!

This year we remodeled some rooms for an elderly lady here in town. We were able to build a handicap ramp for an elderly man. We also did some renovation work for a young couple’s new baby room; they’re expecting their first child. Of course we did tons of yard work and other misc. chores around town as we usually do.

We had a great Holy Spirit night and saw several students baptized with the Holy Spirit as well as a few being water baptized the following day. And of course we’d like to thank the best kitchen staff in the world for all the wonderful meals they provided! Thank you Alma, Judith, and Patty!!

As you know, everything is pretty much in order for the School of Ministry; which hopefully will be opening its doors this October. The curriculum is complete, classes and dates are set, the website is up and running, applications are being accepted at this time, and online classes are now available. However, in order to open the school as planned this October, I have to get my family out of the school building and into our house to make room for the students.

We still have quite a ways to go before we can move in. Feel free to check the website for a detailed list of what still needs to be done. We’re ALWAYS happy to take in any volunteers that would like to come help in any way. Our main objective is to move in before the School’s October start date.

Our friends Alan and Treena came to visit! Alan and I (with the help of the city) were able to get our sewer line dug up and patched an area of collapsed pipe. Thanks Alan!!! 

Also, a group from Calvalry Community Church in Cedar Rapids, IA volunteered to come down to help work on the house and made A LOT of progress. They were able to get abut 90% of both the plumbing and electrical work completed. Thank you Jeremy, Dave, Paul, Ray, Tim, and June!!!!

We’re excited to announce we now have 2 online students enrolled in the School of Ministry. We also have our first offical applicant to attend the school here On-Campus. We’re excited to see where the Lord takes all this!

As August approaches, the Lord has provided two speaking opportunities: I’ll be teaching August 13th in Cedar Rapids, IA and then going to Albuquerque, NM to teach at a men’s retreat August 18-20. Please keep these events in prayer; that the Lord would move in a mighty way!

Hosea 10:12


Needs list for the House


Here is what we have ahead of us concerning the house.

1. Level the floor in the Living Room. Someone had previously installed a floor heater previously and in doing so, cut through the floor joists in the Living Room. The house sags a bit towards this weakened area. We need to jack the house up and repair or add support to the joists.
– Needs – (1-2) 30 Ton Jacks? Not entirely sure, would love some advice.

2. Repair section of Foundation Wall. There is a section of the foundation wall (about 4-5ft) that needs to be built back up. The large limestone rocks appear to all be there; but need to be put back in place and refortified.
**The damage does NOT appear to be causing any structural concerns**
– Needs – perhaps hire a professional crew?

3. Wiring, Plumbing, and Duct work. Pretty much the whole house needs to be rewired. New plumbing will be needed to add a master bathroom and laundry room upstairs. Someone had previously built a closet to house the gas furnace and hot water heater. Unfortunately this closet takes up 1/3 of what will be the kitchen. We can use the closet as a pantry but the furnace and hot water heater need to be moved into the root cellar or perhaps the attic. Duct work will need to be run throughout.
– Needs – at least 1 Tub/shower, at least 1 toilet. Duct work material (I would like to run the ductwork in the crawl space and install floor vents – and Lord willing, if we’re able to get a 2nd gas furnace, to run duct work in attic and install ceiling vents for upstairs). The rest is to be determined. Still need to plan out where outlets, plumbing fixtures, and floor/ceiling vents need to go.

4. Insulation and Drywall.

5. Install Kitchen cabinets.

6. Build an awning to re-route water from getting into root cellar.

At this point the house should be livable and we could move in.

7. Vinyl siding. About 1/2 of the West side of the house is missing Vinyl Siding.

8. Shingles. A small amount (I believe) of shingle work needs to be done on the South side of the roof.