“Finally, maybe some good things are happening to me.”
With those words, Vinton area resident Betty Kies summarized her gratitude to the group of volunteers who helped repair her home.
- Siding one house
- Helping paint and scrape another house
- Doing inside cleaning, painting and remodeling for a senior adult
- Worked on the VORC bike trails
- Clean-up and hauling junk from Shellsburg Elementary School
- Children visited, sang and played bingo with residents at all 3 senior care facilities (VGH Nursing and Rehab, Vinton Lutheran Home and Windsor Manor)
- Widened a bathroom door for a resident in a wheel chair
- Children “chalked the walk” downtown, leaving positive message of faith for shoppers to read on the sidewalk
- Gutter repair and home repairs for one resident, and serious landscaping for another
- At the VORC trail, the volunteers cleared downed trees, re-cut current trails for better water flow and trail safety, removed honeysuckle and rotting undergrowth and cleared the new portion of the trail that goes all the way to the Boy Scout camp.
“The purpose of the prayer walk is simple. We firmly believe that prayer matters. God shows us throughout the Scriptures that He is pleased to work through the prayers of his people. We, as a church, have a heart for the city of Vinton,” says Pastor Matt Hantz. “We want to see God’s kingdom come here in a real, tangible way – and therefore, we want to bathe the city in prayer. We methodically pray for souls to be saved, for protection against the enemy, for Satan’s strongholds to be destroyed in families and neighborhoods. We are going to pray for lives to be changed by the gospel, for opportunities for the church and God’s people to reach out to our community in truth and grace. We ask God to have his way in each and every situation – praying that his will be done (we won’t know specific things going on, but He will). We pray throughout the entire city, moving up and down each street.”
The prayer-walkers stopped at each school and park to pray. “We were praying for students, sporting events, safety, coaches and teachers, for truth,” says the pastor. “The reality is there is no limit to what we can, should and will pray for. God will not be limited by our prayers, but instead will honor them by filling in the blanks when and where we don’t know how or the specifics to pray.”
See some photos of the various projects HERE.