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It’s not just a home repair

01 December

It’s not just a home repair. Take Anna for instance. We sent someone there to install a new electrical box in her home to update the electrical system and to ensure electrical safety. She was so grateful. She is a widow living on a very low social security income. She has two grown daughters; one in New England and one in Florida. While having a conversation with her during her project, Donn discovered that her daughters never come to see her and she is homebound and completely alone. She is a sweetheart with no self pity and only a thankful and upbeat spirit but the facts still remain the facts. She is alone. This sparked a new idea in the minds of the Hosanna Family. We provide Christmas gifts and food for our clients. We will now screen the clients to see who would benefit from a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner to be delivered by our Staff and volunteers the day before Thanksgiving along with a sit down visit to alleviate some of their loneliness. So what started out as an electrical update has
developed into a whole new Hosanna program. So when someone asks you what Hosanna does, you can say, “ More than home repairs! “

Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours, Amy Ed

Exactly what this preaching clinic achieved

05 November
preaching clinic

Katie delivering her sermon in the            Morledge Chapel at Hosanna                                        during the Preaching Clinic

For the past five weeks at Hosanna Industries, every Monday night from October 7-November 4, we conducted our first preaching clinic. It was a new experience not only for Hosanna, but also for individuals that are current preachers and individuals that have an interest in preaching. This clinic was open to the public for anyone, no matter if you we’re a current preacher or not. A few of the staff that work for Hosanna even attended, including myself. When I was given the opportunity to preach at The Congregational Church of Etna back in August while Pastor Donn Ed was on vacation, it really sparked my interest in wanting to learn more about preaching. I felt a certain groove once I stepped up to the pulpit and started to preach, almost like it came naturally. Being able to participate in this preaching clinic really opened up my eyes not only on how to speak the word of God and get it across to the congregation, but also have a better insight on how much time, preparation, and dedication it requires of the preacher beforehand.

The clinic started off the first week with reviewing basic knowledge and the meaning of preaching. The next two weeks we reviewed several different passages and went over the steps of how to conduct a good sermon. The last two weeks, each individual wrote their own sermon and practiced preaching. One of the most important pieces of information that I learned in regards to preaching is the status of the heart. It is critical that the heart of the preacher carries the right motives, practically feeds off God’s word, has a positive attitude, and at the core, to strive to bring people to Christ and to keep them on that path. One cannot preach the word of God if their heart isn’t set on God and His messages.

Not only did the preaching clinic assist the individuals that attended, but it also assisted Hosanna in adding to the unique aspect that the mission holds. Hosanna is a mission unlike any other mission, which I think is one of its greatest characteristics. It strives to achieve various goals that fit to any individual, no matter their current state. One of the things I believe to be at the heart of the mission is to aid all people in any way the Lord leads — and that is exactly what this preaching clinic achieved.

-Katie DeJournette, Mission Worker

June 2013 Update

01 July

We have completed our 26th week of work this year. We owe a huge thank you to our very generous supporters and volunteers who have made miracles happen in the lives of our needy neighbors. Because of you Hosanna has been able to help 60 households, has wrapped up the second semester of our Trade Skill Learning Center program, and is changing lives here in Southwestern Pennsylvania. We have provided $472,920 of market value work already in 2013. We’ve taught ten young men who couldn’t read tape measures at the beginning of January how to frame a house and lay brick. And we’ve led volunteers for more than 3480 hours of community service. Beyond all this, people’s lives have been restored. They have been cared for. Their hope has been renewed. Their dignity has been restored. Their safety and security have been improved. Hooray! Our busy season is directly ahead of us now. Keep us in prayer. There are households in need throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania because of the effects of poverty. There are also many people who are hurting and looking for answers following the many natural disasters that have occurred recently. We are planning a trip to help the people of West Liberty, KY whose homes were destroyed by an EF-3 tornado. Your support of our mission and the people we help is so greatly appreciated.

-Julie Wettach, mission worker