eNewsletter October 2020

Replace the Roof On 115

Before we closed on our newest building, 115 N. Wayne, we did two inspections of the roof.  Both inspections came back with “you’ve got about five years on the roof”.   We felt that was good because we could save up funds for the roof within that five years.

Just two weeks ago, when we entered building 115 on a Monday, after it had been raining for quite some time from Sunday to Monday, we found leaks throughout the building around the perimeter.  The first signs of a leaking roof since July, when gained possession of the building.

We’ve received an estimate from our roofer – the same company that replaced all of the roofs on our first building, 113, earlier this year.  The estimate is for $18,000.

As a result we are focusing on a campaign to find funding to Replace the Roof On 115.  Donations to this fund can be made online on our website at https://www.metanoiacenter.net … just scroll down the home page and you’ll find a link.  Donations can also be made by check (from which we pay no service fees) by mailing it to Metanoia Center, Business Office, 316 Home Ave., Lockland, OH, 45215.   We praying to quickly receive sufficient gifts to replace the roof before we get into cold, wet winter months.  Pray with us for God’s provision for this surprise-to-us but-not-to-God need!

Looking Back at October

As we look back at October we are amazed at what has been accomplished in both buildings!  You may recall that we acquired the first building, 113, in February, and the second, 115, in July (the former owner had 60 days to complete removing their stuff from this building so we had it 100% in our hands at the end of September).

Below are some of the key progress results in October.  Click an image to see a larger version.

Be the Church Work Day – October 11th

On Sunday, October 11th, Presbyterian Church of Wyoming sent a team of workers to help the Metanoia Center.  This is part of their annual outreach to serve local ministries – and this year they chose us as one of those ministries.  A team of 9 volunteers worked heartily for three hours this morning worshipping with hammers, crow bars and putty knives.   At the end of the day work was completed in both 113 and 115.  We had piles of stuff to haul out waiting for our next available dumpster!  Thank you PCW for your help!

October 18 Work Day

Saturday, October 18th was an open Work Day.  The first order of the day was to haul out all the debris left from the Be the Church Work Day and then we took on a variety of projects.  Work was done in both buildings including some additional demo work on the second floor of 113, clearing the alley between the two buildings, and beginning of the replacement of the rear door on 115.  At the end of this day we had, once again, filled a 30 yard, 4 ton dumpster with all kinds of great stuff from the two work days.

October 19 Pro Demo of Bathroom Cinder Blocks

To accommodate new ADA compliant restrooms in 113 we needed to demo two cinder block walls from the old restroom.  For that work we hired professional masons Mike and Mark to complete the work.  They arrived on 10/19 and took down the walls in a few hours.   We then sent out an email plea for help on Monday morning at 9am to move the debris from 113 into the dumpster (left over from 10/18’s work day).   Seven volunteers arrived to Jim’s joy!   And, in an amazing 30 minutes, the cinder block was removed and placed in the dumpster.    It was astounding to see!  We’re confident we’ll be receiving an over-weight charge from the dumpster rental company for this dumpster that included debris from two work days and mega tub and wheel barrow fulls of cinder block!

October 24th Prayer Walk

Arriving at 8:30 this morning where our volunteers to complete the door replacement (started on October 18th).   When people began arriving around 12 for the prayer walk we had a functional, safe, secure and code compliant door on the rear of 115!  Thank you Terry Cole, Mark Meinerding and Steve Simpson! While the door crew completed their work we began a Prayer Walk.

In conjunction with Faith Bible Church’s annual missions conference, the Metanoia Center sponsored a Prayer Walk.  We had more than 30 individuals, 5 teams, join us from five different churches including several churches from the local neighborhoods.  Praise God!   We are also grateful that the Lord held off the rain, and even gave us some sunshine towards the end of our walks.  The response from the local community has also been positive with gratefulness as we’ve heard from residents as well as from the Mayor.  Prayer Walks typically last about two hours as teams walk a specific route through the Village with a prayer bullet list.  The teams also reach out to individuals on the streets they cover asking them how they can be praying for them.

Additionally, a Story Board was setup to capture the stories of folks on the street as they responded to the question “what is your hope in?”.

Engaging With the Community

Workers from Cincinnati Bell came this month, on two separate occasions, to begin installing equipment on 113 as part of our involvement and commitment to the Village of Lockland Schools.  As you know, many schools have attempted to address the impact of stay-at-home schooling as a result of COVID.  Here, in Lockland, we learned that a large portion of our student body did not have computers or access to WiFi.  As a result the schools where able to implement a community wide WiFi effort to solve this issue!   The Metanoia Center volunteered our building as a WiFi transmission location for the neighborhood around us.  We’re excited about being able to help our local schools accomplish their goals of educating students in-spite of COVID.  Some of our future vision for building 113 is that it can be used for tutoring and mentoring for students in the future – another opportunity for churches and individuals to get involved.

A Plumber!

We’ve had a tremendous challenge finding an electrician and a plumber.  Last month, through volunteer contacts, we’ve found an electrician!  Praise God.  But a plumber!   We’ve contacted three different plumbers and gotten responses from “this job is too big”, “we’re too busy” to them not showing up.  Or them showing up for an estimate and then promising for weeks to get us on their schedule and not doing so.  Finally, Jim sat down and did a Google search for “top plumbers in Reading, OH”.  He then read their websites and picked one out – Jim the Plumber.  Jim the Plumber showed up for his scheduled visit, did an estimate, and then our Jim said “when can you start”, and Jim the Plumber said “right now”.  Yeehaw! That very day he began working on the projects that required a licensed professional.  And… drum roll… we now have running cold-water, a sink that works and a toilet that works!   The number one question since we started work days in March of this year is “do you have a restroom”.  And the answer has always been “no, but you can drive to our house just a bit away”.  But now we do in 115 and we are so grateful!  Jim the Plumber also installed a hot water heater that does not yet work (see below).

Another Jim the Plumber project was to test the gas lines in 115 so that we can then have a meter installed by Duke, and then get a working hot water heater.  Next we would have the furnace checked to see if we can get heat into the building. We discovered that every joint, every elbow on the gas pipes leaked.   Jim the Plumber will be returning in a couple of weeks to take care of this project!

Our push for 115 is to get it safe, dry and warm so that it can be used for after school groups and others in the community during the coming winter months.


What an amazing month October was!  We are so grateful for the many, many volunteers that came to help this month and for the many donations received to cover the expenses!   It was a huge outpouring of the body of Christ.   Thank you!

We will continue to reach out with projects as we prep and schedule for them.   We most likely will only have 1 Work Day in the remainder of this year after the joists are replaced.  PLEASE – feel free to reach out to Jim (text 502-235-7338) if you have time and would like to come and volunteer.   We have ongoing fine-tuning not-so-heavy projects throughout the week that we are working on!

Full Time With the Metanoia Center Update

In previous updates we’ve shared about Jim stepping down from the Global CHE Network (GCN) and giving up our website tent-making work so that we both can be 100% focused on the Metanoia Center!   That time is quickly approaching as Jim’s last day with GCN is November 19th!   The website tent-making work will complete merging with Digital BG on January 1, 2021.

We want to thank all of you for praying and participating in this transition of focus!   We’re very excited about being able to be 100% focused with the Metanoia Center. Being 100% focused will help us move forward with the work God is doing in the Village of Lockland, and surrounding communities.

Thank you to those who have continued their financial partnership with us of many years now through the Metanoia Center!  And thank you to those who are new to our financial support team!   We cannot accomplish this calling without the prayers of many and the financial gifting of many!

Prayer List

  • Pray for the results from the Prayer Walk especially that seeds have been planted to draw the community to Christ.
  • Pray for funding/donations for repairing the roof on building 115 with a sense of urgency.
  • Pray for those organizations that we are reaching out to for grants – that the Metanoia Center would be given favor in consideration of funding for Making a Home for the Metanoia Center.
  • Our architect, Ken, has provided us with drawings to repair the joists in 113!   We will be submitting these to Hamilton County for an emergency permit as soon as we have some paper work completed.   Then we’ll be reaching out to our construction volunteers to get to work on them.  We are expecting the materials cost to run in the neighborhood of $4000 for this repair.  Once the joists are repaired, the walls and floor in place, we’ll have another Work Day to remove the debris in the back area of the second floor!
  • Pray for the work of preparing 115 for use, so that we pass inspections leading to an occupancy permit.
  • Pray for our volunteers and donors – that God would bless them for their kindness to us.  And, for the message they provide to the local community by their labor and gifts of love.
  • Pray for those we are meeting on the street!  There is considerable excitement for the use of these buildings and we, almost weekly, get the question “when can we start English classes?”.


Serving With You Because of Him,

Jim and Phyllis
Galatians 2:20

About Us: Jim and Phyllis are faith-based independent missionaries commissioned by Faith Bible Church, Cincinnati, Ohio serving with the Metanoia Center. Donations to their ministry may be made through the Metanoia Center, Business Office, 316 Home Ave., Lockland, OH, 45215 or online by visiting https://www.metanoiacenter.net/donate.php. If sent by postal mail, please include a note with your donation indicating your desire to direct it to Jim and Phyllis Null’s Ministry Area.  The Metanoia Center is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 organization, thus your donation can be considered for tax exemption – please consult with your tax professional for details.

Contact Us: our contact information is: Jim and Phyllis Null, 316 Home Ave., Lockland, Oh, 45215 – Telephone: 502-235-7005.