Newsletter May 2021

June Workday

Saturday, June 19tth, starting at 9:30 a.m. is reserved for a Workday at the Metanoia Center, rain or shine! We will be working in the back of the second floor of building 113 where we will remove wall and ceiling plaster, framing, nails, boards, duct work and such and prep the walls for primer/sealer. If we have sufficient time, we will also apply the primer sealer. There may be other projects available in addition to these mentioned.

Please register early to ensure a spot for you!  And, a local Lockland resident has made a donation to provide lunch for us from Chick Fila!  To register, go here!

The Joists are Repaired

Yes, Praise God, the floor joists are completely repaired — we should say completely replaced!  Structural Systems Repair Group (SSRG) completed replacing the joists, the floor and taking down damaged walls in just 5 days!   We now have beautiful paired-joists in place and a new floor! At the writing of this newsletter we are waiting Hamilton Counties final inspection of the project.   We are so very grateful to have connected with SSRG and for their excellent and quick work!   We’ve been attempting to get these taken care of since about June of last year.   

We haven’t received the final invoice yet.  However, we are anticipating the final cost to be around $21,000.00.  Click the photo to see a larger version of the new joists! 

New Video

Just after the floor joists were replaced we received a new video created by Courtney Gille for the Metanoia Center.   In this video Jim shares about some of the financial needs of the Metanoia Center.   Specifically about the need to replace the monies used to replace the floor joists.   Within a matter of days we received word that a check in the amount of $20,000.00 was being mailed to the Metanoia Center for this purpose!  We are now asking God to use this gift as seed money to help us reach towards the “$150,000 to $300,000” also mentioned in that video.  We have NO doubt that the funds are there! We are praying and sharing about what God is doing through the Metanoia Center.  As we pray we are asking that He will move through the Holy Spirit to bring the funds in that will make it possible for us to keep moving forward with the buildings that we desire to use to make His name famous in the Village of Lockland and surrounding communities.

Below is the new video … please take a minute to watch it!


May ReCap

May was a busy month at the Metanoia Center.  Though we didn’t have twice monthly workdays, as in 2020, we did have lots of activity at in the buildings.   Here is a quick recap

A small team of volunteers came two different times to place flooring down in apartment 1 of 113.   Because of their efforts we now have solid flooring in place in the kitchen, dining area and front bedroom of the front apartment!  Photo below (click photo for a larger image).

A good sized team of about 11 volunteers came to take out the front door and windows of 113.   This is in preparation for a new “store front” including a new door, windows and overhead.   These should be installed in about 3 more weeks.    While part of the team worked on the front, another worked on painting the steel doors on the back of both buildings!  Photo below (click photo for a larger image).

The Mural in 115 was completed!  And it is beautiful!  Photo below (click photo for a larger image). Their is a video of the complete mural on our Facebook page at

ESL class attendees have grown to over 13 students.   This number does not include the activity happening outside at the same time with children in the neighborhood.  Photo below (click photo for a larger image).

Flowers have, once again, been planted into the garden area on the corner of Wayne and Walnut.  We’ve dubbed this the Greenwood Garden named after the neighborhood we are located in, in Lockland.  When you stop by the building you’ll notice, Included with the flowers, there are hand painted rocks from our Rock Painting Day.  Photo below (click photo for a larger image).

We’ve been working on the outside look of 115, too.  This picture is the result of the brick being power washed twice, hand chipped once, a coat of primer/sealer and two coats of Duramax exterior paint!   What a differnece from it’s former “camo” look.   We have two more exterior walls to go! Photo below (click photo for a larger image).

Coming Soon!

We’ve been given permission by the Village of Lockland to close off Walnut Avenue next to our buildings to sponsor a street party.  We are naming it the “#LoveLockland Street Party“.   The date is July 23rd, Friday, from 4pm to 7pm.  We’ll be sending out more information in our next newsletter and on our Facebook page soon!  However, if you have an interest in helping please contact us and let us know!

Prayer List

  • Praise and thank God with us for the replacement of the floor joists!
  • Praise and thank God with us for the $20,000.00 donation to defray the floor joist replacement cost!
  • Pray for the upcoming #LoveLockland Street Party.
  • Pray for additional funds to come in from churches, businesses, individuals and grants so that we can complete the task of rehabbing 113 N. Wayne Ave. and put it to use!
  • Thank God for all of our volunteers!
  • Pray for the effectiveness of ministry being carried out this summer by the Cru After School Team and Faith Bible Churches Student Ministries.
  • Pray for our 10+ ESL teachers as they connect, help, love on, and talk with West African students.
  • Our board will be meeting June 12 to work on a Strategic Plan for the Metanoia Center! We’re very excited for this time as we work with Elemental Churches towards this effort.
  • We have applied with more than 10 different foundations for grants towards helping to Make a Home for the Metanoia Center.   We have heard from two so far, which where declines.  Continue to pray for favor and blessing so that we can receive grants towards 113 N. Wayne Ave.


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 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.