The Manchester United Methodist Church has completed a mission project called The House of David for a local community member with special needs.
Every year, as part of his call to ministry, Rev. Phil Rogers has participated in mission projects around Iowa and other parts of the world. This year, to share these wonderful experiences with his church, he searched for a Summer mission project where families could serve together but was not having much luck finding one.
Rev. Rogers says this mission project was a brought to his attention after several members of the church noticed a GoFundMe account had been set up by David’s friends and family because he had been collecting pop cans to assist in paying for his household repairs.
David has lived in the Manchester community his entire life. He is a kind and gentle soul who works part-time at the local Pizza Ranch, volunteers at Share the Harvest every week during the summer; shovels snow during the winter for the elderly in his neighborhood, and volunteers at Second Helpings, a community program at the Manchester United Methodist Church. He has struggled financially to keep up with the repairs needed on his home, so he has been collecting pop cans for months for extra income.
Manchester United Methodist Church offered to lead the team of volunteers to restore his home in just five days. Initially, they planned to fix several issues including replacing siding and roof and adding a small utility room.
Phillipson concrete generously donated the materials and labor needed to pour a new foundation. Then carpenters, electricians, plumbers, roofers and drywallers with a heart to served all donated and volunteered. Before they knew it, money was collected from the church, friends, family, the GoFundMe account and from David's collected cans.
"Every step of the way as new issues arose that would challenge the budget, then suddenly unexpected funds were donated to see the project through. As our five-day project stretched to eleven, volunteers kept showing up, and the work was completed," said Rev. Rogers
"As word got out, it has just been amazing," recalled Rev. Rogers. "Every time we run in to a new expense, and I am like, 'Uh-oh, I wonder where that's coming from?' before I bring it up—somebody comes over and hands me just about what I need!"
"The House of David is now safe, insulated, and beautiful. The work was completed with many caring hands that shared their gifts and talents with joy and fellowship," Rev. Rogers wrote in the Manchester United Methodist newsletter, The Chimes.
"I have heard many comments about how wonderful it is for this church to put the energy behind this blessing, to see it through. I had one person tell me he thought these kind of things only happened in the big cities. All of this does make you feel good, and perhaps even humble pride in what God has accomplished through you. But I think my favorite comment comes from David himself when he proclaimed 'I soooooo happy!'"