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Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?

28 March

At Hosanna, we encounter hundreds of individuals every year: clients, volunteers, business men and women, etc.  Among those, usually at least a handful stand out in our minds.

I believe I have met a couple of them already this year!  One homeowner in particular stands out for me so far this year.  She was the daughter of the homeowner.  She had been through a lot in her life, more than any of us ever endure, and yet she greeted me with a smile and bright attitude when I met her for the first time upon inspecting the home.

It ended up that we would replace 8 windows for the household.  Sometimes at Hosanna, plans change quickly.  I phoned Diane the evening before we were planning to come and she was very excited.

Upon arrival the next morning, all the window treatments were down and lunch was being prepared while we installed the windows.  She was also receiving a new gas oven to replace her 30 year old appliance that very same day!

At one point, Diane had mentioned that she didn’t sleep much the night before preparing for us and shopping and preparing food.  She looked exhausted by lunch time.  It was one of the best lunches we’ve ever had made for us by a homeowner!

At day’s end, I commented that she worked harder than us and she said, “Well isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?” I was taken back by such a comment.  As we live in a society where most everyone expects much with little to no input, Diane stood out like a beautiful rose in a field of tall grass.

It was an honor to serve Diane, her mother, and Diane’s daughter and to provide them with warm safe new windows.

Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow!

-Becky Hetzer, Mission Worker

More Lights

03 March

Earlier this week, I started my work day as I normally do.  Check the emails, respond to any messages, outline my day, la la la.  I couldn’t help but notice that I felt a little off.  Maybe another cup of coffee?  That didn’t change the feeling.  How about a slice of pizza?  (Yes, cold pizza for breakfast.)  Pizza didn’t do it either.  I still felt something was off.  I checked in with many of my coworkers.  What’s my problem?

As I was checking in with everyone I realized what was bothering me.  Some of my work family aren’t here, so I can’t check in with them.  They are in Richwood, West Virginia, serving the community there.  I’m certainly glad they are there doing what they are doing and I am very proud of them.

Since I came to Hosanna, one of the big themes has been Community.  Do things together.  Work together, learn together, discuss together, laugh together, chances are you’re going to suffer together; but what a blessing it is to be together.  It’s always hard on me when the team gets “split up” for the sake of what needs done.  I just don’t like the feeling of being separated.  Did you ever put two different socks on- one kind of thick like a boot sock and the other thin like a dress sock- it kind of feels like that.  Just a little weird.

Then I remembered that Jesus didn’t always keep all of the disciples together, and that sometimes they had to go out in smaller groups or pairs, in order to multiply.  I remind myself that being separated doesn’t mean you’re less, it just means that the light has now been multiplied.  When we are all together as one big green machine, we are (when we have our heads and hearts in the right place) a bright light, and when we become separated- when the Lord needs some of us here and some of us there- the light doesn’t dim but it becomes more LIGHTS, to work in more places, and to touch more people.  How wonderful is that!  I think that I would rather have many bright lights on my Christmas tree than just one big shining bulb.

Amen to learning things!  Amen to lights!

Dear reader, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing; if you feel a bit lost or a bit disconnected, just let that light shine even brighter, and it will spread!

-Emily Cadenhead, Mission Worker

Creative Support Spring 2017

16 February

We are so grateful for the creative ways that individuals & organizations support the mission of Hosanna Industries!  Contact Amanda if your business or organization would like to support us in a creative way, whether that be through a fundraiser, collection, special sale, etc., we would love to hear your ideas.

 

Shawn Marie Bacon participated in our Galentine’s Day Celebration at Hosanna Industries’ Gibsonia campus, with her business ViaOneHope.  For every purchase made from this link, they will donate 15% to Hosanna Industries.  Contact Shawn Marie if you have questions or would like to host a wine-tasting fundraiser for Hosanna.

 

 

Greg Emslie of Focal Point Business Coaching is hosting a time-management seminar on March 9th, & has offered to donate 10% of registration fees to Hosanna Industries.  In this fast-moving, 1/2 day workshop, you learn how to apply the most important personal management principles ever discovered to every area of your life.  Read more about the Eat That Frog seminar & register here.

 

 

Sigi & Lauren Loya at the Hormone Center have graciously given Hosanna Industries a vendor table to help us promote the mission & our programs at their Integrative Medicine Symposium on March 25th.  Lauren says that “I started to realize something  was wrong when I saw a patient  who was on 10 medications.  The first five dealt with  ailments while the second five  were for the side effects of the  first five. Despite the  medications, the patient didn’t  feel any better. This was the  beginning of my inquiry into  another way to practice  medicine.”  Read more about this event & register here.  (We do have a few free tickets, so please let us know if you’d like to be our guest for this educational morning.)

 

Items for Liquidation

14 February

We currently have some items at the mission that are no longer in use, but are in good working condition, that we would like to liquidate so that we can utilize the dollars to help needy households.

Updated list coming soon.

 

Contact Brian Hetzer or Amanda Becker if you have any interest or questions.

 

More than a turkey for Joanne

13 February

I got a call from Joanne yesterday. She reminded me that Hosanna helped her “get back on her feet” by providing much needed home repairs in 2015. Through tears she expressed how grateful she was for the assistance.  I was wondering why she was calling in April of 2016 to say “thanks” but was appreciative for the call so I just listened.

As she was wrapping up the conversation she said,” I was so thankful for the help you gave me and then at Christmas Hosanna volunteers brought me gifts and a frozen turkey!  I couldn’t believe it!

Just last week I felt well enough to spend time in the kitchen and decided to invite 4 other people to enjoy the turkey with me.  I haven’t had company in years and barely know my neighbors but they came and I told them about you folks and they wondered why strangers would give so much for free!  I told them you guys care about all people and nobody is a stranger to you.  You treated me like family.  Well, my dinner was a success and we are friends now.”

I said, “Joanne I am so glad you enjoyed the turkey!” She said, ” Oh honey, it was so much more than just a turkey! Hosanna gave me back my life.”

-from an earlier e-blast (sign up for our emails at the bottom of this website)

Thanks a buzz-illion

30 January

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The greeting included with this surprise I received earlier this week read:

Hi Amy,

A token of gratefulness for my new furnace that warms my home and will warm my heart forever. With much love. God Bless.

This dear homeowner is an elderly widow living on about 11,000.00 per year. She has no family left in this world and she said she had no where else to turn for help as the only number she was given was Hosanna’s. I assured her we could and would help her and within a few days her furnace was replaced at no cost to her. Her heartfelt expression of appreciation moved me to tears. Please know that your support and donations to Hosanna Industries help to keep people like Rose warm as the bitter winter approaches.

-From an earlier e-blast. (Sign up for our e-blasts at the bottom of our website.)

2017 New Year’s Resolutions

04 January

new-years-resolutions1. Volunteer more/ as a family/ regularly

  • Let us know if you want to come out and lend a hand.  Most volunteers are utilized on weekdays but do have occasional Saturday opportunities.  No special skills or tools required– just bring a willing attitude and a smile!
  • We could really use some more Hosanna Helpers– people who are generally available once a week to assist in the charitable construction program, or to help with things on campus.

2. Learn something new/ develop a hobby/ finish projects

  • Join us at a course at Hosanna Gibsonia to learn more about the aesthetic arts, or to discover a gift that you didn’t realize you had.  We have Open Studio nights where all are welcome to come work on a project, as well as courses in watercolor (January), metal sculpture making (February) & mug making (March).
  • Want to cross some projects off the list at home?  Come to a Love Your Home workshop to learn how to do-it-yourself with things like flooring, plumbing, drywall patching, etc.

3.  Give back to the community/ donate/ tithe

  • There are so many people hurting right here in our community & we could use your support to help them.
  • You can set up automatic donations at the “give now” button on the side of our website, or by calling our office.

4. Get in shape/ stay active/ be healthier

  • Sign up now for our 2017 HI-5k fun run/ walk.  The race isn’t until April 1st, so it’s great timing for a couch-to-5k goal, or even committing to be more active this spring.  Get a group of friends together to make training more fun.
  • Give us a call if you’d like to walk the trails around the ponds at our Gibsonia campus.