Thank you for your kind words, encouragement, meals and letters of sympathy with the passing of Phyllis’ mother, Roberta Rae Coyle. Mom was 88 years old. She went home to Glory on Saturday, February 13th. Her home going date was almost two months from the time she came to live in our home in December. We are very grateful to the many who came along side of us, and the family, in a variety of ways, too many to share here for fear of those we would miss with the attempt.
After School Clubs Are Now Happening
After school clubs are now meeting once weekly! It’s been almost a year since they’ve been able to meet. We are so grateful for those who are volunteering their time to lead these groups and make an impact in the Village of Lockland and in the lives of our students and families.
If you would like to participate/volunteer with one of these groups please reach out to us (contact information is below) and let us know. We are confident we can find a place to engage you in such a way that you will know you are contributing to something where there is a great need!
Pictured to the right is some chalk-work at the entry to one of our buildings. It says “come to me all who are weary and heavy laden”.
English as a Second Language Training
Training of the trainers for English as a Second Language classes is in it’s third, of four, training sessions as of this Sunday. However, if you’ve missed the training and still desire to be involved as a volunteer you still can! We are anticipating needing several additional volunteers as we begin to reach out to the neighborhood, through the schools and other organizations sharing open “class” dates!
Pictured to the right is one of our recent training sessions where Kinsey Stephens led the group. The training lessons are designed to help increase the understanding of working with different cultures. Our contact information is below for anyone having questions or a desire to participate.
Presbyterian Church Wyoming Youth came to our building during the cold days of February to work on sealing the inside of the cinder block walls in building 115. Thank you Bill Moyer for bringing your team to help us push forward towards the visions for this building!
Pictured here is Phyllis taking a moment to share with the youth how the impact of their work helps enable meeting needs of the community and creating opportunity to share about Christ.
Behind the Scenes
In most organizations there are many things going on “behind the scenes”. This is also true for the Metanoia Center. There are a variety of volunteers who are working to Make a Home for the Metanoia Center in building 113, enable a medical clinic and a laundromat in building 115. It is an amazing thing to see the “body of Christ” working in their strength areas. Recently, one of our volunteers stopped by the building and shared with us this woodworking of our logo he had created! It was his first attempt and he plans to fine tune his work for a future edition yet to come.
Work Days for 2021
As the weather becomes warmer and nicer people have begun asking when our next work days will be on the calendar! We do have a couple of groups scheduled towards the end of March, a local high school group and an out of state college group. These groups will be coming to help with sealing the cinder block walls on the inside in both buildings. We also have, weather permitting, plans of power washing the exterior walls on 115 so that they can be, eventually, primed/sealed and painted.
However, we are currently on hold with other dates until the floor joists in building 113 have been repaired. This is a very critical job and requires those with professional skills to accomplish. Once accomplished we can push forward with finalize the second floor demo.
We continue to look for funding via donations and grants. Our current focus is on completing the bottom floor of 113 so we can get that space functional, and then move onto the second floor, and then onto the medical clinic and laundromat.
- Floor joist repair: this is now #1 on our list as there not being repaired is causing us to pause demoing. We have a construction team who has said that they are willing to do the repair work! Pray that they can begin and complete this project rapidly as our need is now urgent!
- Pray as Ken Popham, our architect, continues design work on 113 so that, when the joists are repaired, we can push forward on things like electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling, ceilings, wall studs, drywall and the permits to do this work.
- Pray for our after school clubs and the effectiveness of their ministry to students in the community. Especially pray for the leaders who reach into the community in more ways than the after school meetings. These volunteers are literally on the front lines!
- Pray for our ESL leaders and pray as we begin to promote the classes to the surrounding community. We are asking God to send those whom need the training and who have sensitive hearts to hear The Message.
- Pray for funding, for donations from individuals, churches and organizations. And, for the grant applications and inquiries that we have submitted.
Serving With You Because of Him,
Jim and Phyllis
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.