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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Helping hands

  • Pastor Wesley Foster knew his house was in dire need of work. He calls what he and his wife, LaVera, received this week from a group of volunteer laborers a “miracle.”


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  • Pastor Wesley Foster knew his house was in dire need of work. He calls what he and his wife, LaVera, received this week from a group of volunteer laborers a “miracle.”
    “The lumber alone cost at least $3,000,” said Foster, whose front porch deck on his home at 301 N. Seventh St. was completely replaced. “But if I had to pay them for doing the job, I couldn’t put a price on it. You can’t put a price on a miracle.”
    The local work outreach was organized by Christ United Methodist Church of Rockford, Ill. The group laboring at Foster’s home was one of 11 scattered throughout Hannibal this week.  
    “It’s amazing what gets done. I wouldn’t miss it,” said Roger Hutchcroft of Lancaster, Wis., a third-year volunteer and one of the adult supervisors helping at Foster’s home.
    “It’s been fun and fulfilling,” added Diane Wilson of Burt, Iowa, who was helping as an adult supervisor for the first time.
    Wilson, a managing attorney for Iowa Legal Aid, admitting having reservations about helping with an outreach such as this.
    “I was scared to death because I have no mechanical skills,” she said, laughing.
    Wilson was not the only person learning new skills while working on Foster’s home.
    “I did not know how to work anything,” said 14-year-old Marissa Sanders of Des Moines, Iowa. “I’ve learned how to use a power drill. I also cut a board. That was fun.”
    “I’d never been on a ladder before. It’s different, but I liked it,” said 15-year-old Carissa Sherman of East Dubuque, Ill.
    “I found out that a socket wrench is harder to use than it looks. Of course it didn’t help that Cody (Puntney of Lodi, Wis.) had put it in reverse,” said 16-year-old Nicole Hayes of East Dubuque, Ill.
    Work well done
    Foster said the group’s work was top notch.
    “On a scale of one to 10, it was 10 1/2,” he said. “I’d recommend them to the best carpenter in town.”
    Foster could see only one down side to having his front porch repaired and repainted.
    “It makes the rest of the house look bad,” he said with a smile. “Seriously, I give God the glory and I bless this organization and each one of these people.”
    To show his appreciation, Foster treated the group to a barbecue at the Eighth and Center Street Baptist Church where he pastors.
    “It was the best barbecue I’ve ever had,” said Wilson.
    “The ribs were so-o-o-o good,” said Marissa.
    But Foster will be remembered by the group for more than providing good barbecue.
    Page 2 of 2 - “He’s so awesome,” said Nicole. “When he says ‘bless you,’ you truly feel blessed.”
    “The pastor taught us a lot,” said Carissa. “He’s wonderful.”
    “It’s fun to be working for a nice resident who likes having you around,” said 17-year-old Jessica Link of Dubuque, Iowa. “He was always encouraging us.”
    Jessica was returning home with a good feeling about what the group had been able to accomplish for Foster and his wife.
    “It’s not about building a porch,” she said. “It’s about letting a family know they deserve our love and help.”
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