This Friday, July 20th marks an important landmark in the building of the Native American Fellowship-Dayspring church. Workers from Eureka Methodist Church will finish up on the first log gable. “It’s a unique time,” Dominic Irrera stated. “The eager volunteers have worked hard with stacking the logs. Groups from Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois have been wonderful workers. They learn quickly and have a great attitude.”
In the near future heavy timber frames will be placed in the front and rear entry ways. The wood came from trees on Dayspring property and milled in rural Galesburg. “This is so different, not normal construction,” Irrerra pointed out. “People who are not afraid of heights will enjoy this phase.”
Youth from East Peoria United Methodist Church helped to clear a path to Eastside Center and an area for construction of the church’s porch, then transplanted the oak trees to Seven Circles Heritage Center. Pastor Carol Lakota-Eastin explained how fire used to help the young oak trees survive among all the other trees. Now the oak trees will have the sun and space they need.
People with kind hearts don’t have to travel far to help a project in need. In central Illinois a spiritual dream is being built this year. A “log cabin” church is being raised. If a heart is full of love and compassion and a body is willing, they can serve. Churches and groups from all over the country have come to build. Local help is wonderful. Every day generous people are supplying food to the workers.
Work teams and individuals are helping the Native American ministries build a log church in East Peoria close to East Side Center. The Native American Fellowship-Dayspring Church (chartered in May 2005) is building a cozy (92 x 50 feet) log structure. This unique church blends beautifully into its natural setting of 43 wooded acres given to the Fellowship for its ministries by the First United Methodist Church in Peoria. NAF-Daysprings has met in various places-churches, a machine shed, and outside.
Kuhn’s Bros. Log Homes is contracted for the design and materials. Dominic Irrera, the project coordinator, and Kent Strietmater, an experienced timber framer and carpenter, will lead volunteers through each construction phase.
God's miracles are shown by making the impossible or improbable happen. This new church is able to be built due largely to the contributions of supporting churches, individuals, and because of volunteers. However, there is still a need for additional funds to assist with finish work and many slots are still open for volunteers. Individuals or teams can sign up by calling Bill Lakota Eastin at (309) 699-6390. Food donations are also appreciated.
Kind hearted people can help in Central Illinois. A great need is here, and the NAF Dayspring Church is hoping that their dream will be fulfilled by caring souls. East Peoria is a great place to work on a Mission Trip.
Informational materials, including a PowerPoint presentation (with or without a personal presenter) can be obtained by contacting the pastor, Carol Lakota Eastin at 309-397-5957.
For more information about the church contact NAF-Dayspring at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nafdayspring.com.
NAF-Dayspring Church will receive a significant commission on any log home package sale they refer to Kuhn’s Brothers Log Homes. Contact Pastor Carol if you are considering a log home for yourself.