Part of what the Domestic branch of GoServ Global does is to help serve local communities using our resources, equipment, and volunteers. Often this occurs after a natural disaster, such as our recent response in Eagle Grove, IA after the storm in July. But when we are not actively responding to disasters we often serve communities in other ways.
In addition to helping prepare the grounds for the show and helping to clean up and tear down afterward, GoServ Global will be running a food booth during the upcoming Albert City Threshermen and Collectors Show. Our food booth will be serving out of a Safe T Home. There is an average attendance of 15,000 over three days at this show. It is known for field demonstrations, some of which include threshing wheat, sawmill demonstrations, corn shelling, a year of farming in 60 minutes, and others.
This year is expected to have a large attendance; there are two themes (Pride of Iowa and Horsepower). Two Guinness Book world record attempts will be happening as well. The first attempt will be the greatest number of mules plowing simultaneously. This will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. The second record attempt will be for the largest number of draft horses plowing simultaneously. This will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13. We hope to see you there, please come by the Safe T Home to say hello!
A GoServ Global crew built a Safe T Home at Hidden Acres Christian Center in Dayton, IA where it will remain throughout the summer along with a few more Safe T Homes. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about the Safe T Home & how it’s making a huge difference in the lives of displaced people, abandoned babies, homeless widows, and orphans in Haiti. Campers may also get the chance to stay in a Safe T Home just like campers at Hidden Creeks Bible Camp in Peru where Safe T Homes serve as cabins for the camp.
Corren Olson of the Sioux Central FFA Chapter received a 1st Place State Proficiency Award at the Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference yesterday for his leadership in the FFA2Haiti Project – an opportunity offered through the FFA and GoServ Global. Way to Go Corren!
Matchlight Records is recording Rivenson Dige’s music in Nashville this week! We are so excited about this project to share the gospel in Haitian Creole in Haiti as there is nothing like this in the country.
Matchlight – Meet our first official signed artist…Rivenson Dige! Rivenson is the worship leader and pastor of Centre de Vie in Les Cayes, Haiti. We’re so excited to be a part of the amazing things God is doing through his life and ministry! Check out his incredible story and stay tuned for more about Rivenson, our Haiti Worship Project, and the launch of his first album! (Pic of Rivenson from FB page) https://vimeo.com/84484006
A team from Grace E-Free in Elkader served in Guatemala in March. They were able to lay sewer tile for drainage on the church property and begin construction on the church. Two teams will serve on a mission trip to Guatemala in June.
Global Compassion Network
becomes GoServ Global
New Name. Same Mission.
EAGLE GROVE, Iowa – October 15, 2015 – With its fifth anniversary approaching, faith-based nonprofit Global Compassion Network has updated its name to GoServ Global, but the mission remains the same.
“Our new name, GoServ Global, quickly articulates our mission to serve around the world,” says Ken DeYoung, the organization’s co-founder. “So the new name, GoServ Global, is a perfect fit.”
The organization was born after DeYoung, an Iowa farmer and pilot, volunteered to fly medical equipment and personnel to Haiti in the wake of the horrific earthquake in 2010. Upon learning of the dire need for orphan housing and help rebuilding sustainable villages, DeYoung and fellow co-founder, Terry Baxter, began facilitating mission trips to the island and GoServ Global (formerly known as Global Compassion Network) was born.
Baxter, an Iowa-based pastor, author and popular Evangelical speaker, was also elected to the Iowa House of representatives in 2014 and continues to be active in the GoServ Global mission.
“GoServ Global was born, literally, on a ‘wing and a prayer,’” DeYoung says. “Since then, we’ve organized a dedicated donor base and hundreds of volunteers who have transformed lives in areas across the world and, in the process, have found their own lives transformed.”
The name change was the result of months of examining the nonprofit’s true mission in serving as the “hands and feet of Christ” through its domestic and international efforts.
“This whole process has helped us to better define what GoServ Global has grown to become through service to others,” says Paul van Gorkom, GoServ Global Executive Director. “We’re looking forward to how the new name will energize our organization to do even more good for both the ones we serve and those who go to serve in Christ’s name.”
About GoServ Global
GoServ Global is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization founded in 2011 to care for and support both the physical and spiritual needs of those impacted by humanitarian disasters around the world. In the U.S., GoServ Global provides immediate relief after natural disasters, bringing hearts, hands and equipment to help victims heal from damage to property and spirit. Internationally, GoServ Global responds to emergency situations, and then identifies opportunities to create lasting solutions for long-term humanitarian needs. See more about ongoing projects in Haiti, Peru, India and the U.S. by visiting www.globalcn.us.
As I began flying medical supplies into Haiti shortly after the 2010 earthquake, I was taken back by the extreme poverty. My heart was broken by the need I saw…and the need we continue to see. We are so fortunate to live where we do and have the resources, as Americans, we take for gra
Why was I born in Iowa and not in Haiti? What is my responsibility as a Christian to care for the orphans, widows and poor and how can I make a difference? The orphans in Haiti had parents with the same goals and aspirations for them as I have for my grandkids. How can I close my eyes to this? The help we take into Haiti is a life-changer for them. To think that one truckload of corn can build a home for a family that is living under a tarp with no clean water or food, that is an amazing thing.