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Ambassador Spotlight: Jim Loonan, Domestic

I was first introduced to GoServ Global at a mini home show in Colfax, Iowa in the fall of 2017. GoServ had a Sukup Safe T Home® set up, so I started asking questions and took some information.
When I retired in January of 2018, I contacted Paul at GoServ Global to tell him I was interested in doing some volunteer work, so he invited me in for an interview. During our discussion the topic of safety came up since my former job was a safety coordinator. By the end of my visit I had become the “Safety Director”of GoServ Global.
While I was there, we also did an online chat with Dennis Anderson, who was in Dallas working on some flooded-out houses. It was determined that it would be a good idea for me to go to Dallas to see how the Disaster Relief group operated.
Joel and Linda Zwiefel were planning a trip down there in February so they were kind enough to provide me with transportation there and back. I was in my element when I was able to construct a built-in cabinet in one of the houses.
Back home, I was able to assist Dennis constructing (and tearing down) a few Safe T Homes® for different shows in Iowa.
Then came the floods of Iowa in July 2018. Working with Dennis and different crews, we helped move appliances and other things from flooded basements.
We finally landed at a house in Des Moines that had 36 inches of water on their main floor. With the help of various crews, we gutted most of the house and started insulating and dry walling. My wife Juanita and I made many trips there to work on various aspects of the reconstruction. It finally reached a point where the family could see the light at the end of the tunnel and took over the project themselves.
At one of our visits to the house, (the wife) Yolanda asked my wife and I how she could ever repay us. We told her to just “Pay it forward” when they were back on their feet. At Christmas this past year, they did just that. Instead of buying presents for themselves, they bought presents for people less fortunate.
Also, during the time of the floods, the tornadoes hit central Iowa. GoServ Global to the rescue. My wife and I spent a few days assisting this very professional group of volunteers clearing trees from the streets and from houses.
I will try to assist GoServ Global whenever possible. I would like to get involved with the construction of a Safe T Home® out of country sometime. My wife and I are already involved with mission work through our local church. In fact we will be going back to Africa for the third time this summer and back to Red Bird Mission in Kentucky for the third time.

Ambassador Spotlight: Joe Lukes, India

I first got started with GoServ Global when I heard on KJYL Radio that they were looking for people to go to India on a mission trip. I have wanted to do mission trips for a few years, so I talked to Terry Baxter about it. Originally, I was going to go to Haiti, but ended up going to Peru instead. That was 2015.
The following year, GoServ Global’s India Director was in the States so I got to meet him. And that is the year I got to go to India. Our team ministered at pastor’s conferences as well as to the pastors in the bush. We prayed one-on-one with the people. We dedicated churches and performed baptisms. And we served at the school.
I have helped fund money for bicycles and motorcycles for the pastors in the bush so they can get from place to place. I have funded for building churches.
My wife and I have also served in Guatemala with GoServ Global.
My Life
My wife, Marianne and I have 2 sons, Geoff and Shaun, and 4 grandchildren. I am self-employed as a mechanic, so it works great for me to go on missions trips as needed.

GoServ Global Disaster Relief Team to Spend Another 10 weeks in Hamburg

For the past seven weeks, GoServ Global has lead volunteer efforts in flood cleanup in Hamburg, IA. GoServ Global has worked in more than 25 homes and public structures, mucking, gutting, and cleaning at no cost to homeowners, including John and Leisha.

On the day the levee broke in Hamburg, Leisha had just come up from her basement when all of a sudden a water surge blew out the sidewall leading to her basement, filling the house with water. Leisha and her 15-month-old granddaughter along with two dogs were rescued by canoe from her front porch.

GoServ Global volunteers have dug out the couple’s “mudroom” – their basement that filled with mud from the floodwaters. Today, the wall is fixed and the basement has been cleaned.

“Everybody that’s here is just amazing,” shared Leisha who has worked for the past 33 years as a hospice aid. “Without them, we would have never been able to get the debris removed and cleaned. Thank you so much!”

“What you all have done is absolutely amazing,” shared John with a GoServ Global team. “You have just been a god-send!”

GoServ Global’s Disaster Relief Team provides immediate assistance after a natural disaster, targeting the forgotten or neglected towns, neighborhoods, and families. Our mission is to be the hands and feet of Christ by addressing the physical needs of people’s homes as well as sharing the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

The work is far from over in Hamburg. City officials estimates as many as 40 homes will need to be removed.

Many of these homeowners will receive no assistance in removing their home. Others have received some funds but need that money to purchase their next home.

“We are looking to spend about 10 more weeks in Hamburg assisting families with flood damage,” according to GoServ Global Domestic Director Dennis Anderson. “One of the biggest needs is removing whole structures.”

GoServ Global plans to assist these families by removing their condemned home free of charge. Doing this allows homeowners to move forward in their recovery to purchase their next home.

Serving at a disaster site for 17 weeks brings many expenses. Fortunately, GoServ Global has partnered with a local church for free housing and the community is providing a good share of meals for the team.

However, there are still a lot of other expenses that need to be covered including fuel, food, safety equipment, tools, clean-up supplies, parts, repairs, etc. GoServ Global is in need of funding to continue to help families like John and Leisha.

There are two ways you can bring hope to those in need through GoServ Global:

By Donating: https://goservglobal.org/give/ & Choose “Domestic Disaster Relief” in the dropdown.

By Volunteering: call Dennis Anderson at 712-887-0862

 

Farm Fest

August 6-8

Farm Fest

  • Safe T Home® on display at Sukup site at Farm Fest
  • Sharing the Safe T Home® story

Redwood Falls, MN

Ambassador Spotlight: Deb Schmidt, Guatemala

I have always had a passion for serving my Lord through mission work and serving people in His name. I have taken the youth of my church on many domestic mission trips. Every time I have gone, the Lord has blessed me way more than I could have imagined.
In 2013, I took my first mission trip to Haiti with GoServ Global. Not only did we build homes, we built relationships. This is what started my love for international mission work.
In Jan. 2017 after hearing about Mark Lee’s vision to build a church and Christian school in Guatemala, I teamed up with total strangers from Mason City, IA to go. I arrived with strangers but left with a whole new family of sisters and brothers in Christ, that included all the people at the church and all the kids. When I got home, I knew I would return, so in Nov. 2017 I took a group from my church back to Guatemala.
I just returned from my third trip to Guatemala. The most important thing I get to do is share my love of Jesus with them. I believe the only way we can be world changers is to spread the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
When you go on a mission trip with GoServ Global, you go to serve, but you come home served by the people with so much of God’s love.
My Life
Deb and her husband, Roger live in Garner, IA where they own Schmidt Trucking.

Clay County Fair

September 7-15

Clay County Fair

  • Safe T Home® on display at the Clay County Fair
  • Sharing the Safe T Home® story!

Spencer, IA

Husker Harvest Days

September 10-12

Husker Harvest Days

  • Safe T Home® on display at Husker Harvest Days
  • Sharing the Safe T Home® story!

Grand Island, NEB