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Monday, September 30, 2013 12:00 AM


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DELPHOS — The weather was perfect and homeowners were gracious and welcoming Saturday as 16 volunteers worked on seven projects and completed six during the “Laborer’s On Us” project.

Six years ago, Buzz and Ellen Ditto sold their house, most of their belongings and embarked on the “Carpenter’s Ministry.”

Since then, the couple has traveled to seven different states helping rebuild homes damaged by hurricanes and tornadoes and repair homes for those who can’t afford traditional contractors.

This past year, they joined volunteers from around the country to give 30,000 volunteers hours in Alabama, repairing homes damaged in the more than 17 tornadoes, one an F5, that left a 75-mile path of destruction in April 2011.

On Saturday, the Dittos shared their calling with volunteers to provide “Laborer’s On Us” to help raise funds for their next mission year.

Jim Fisher, Nicole Culp and Laura Wilson helped Doris Keller with yard work and cleaning her gutters.

“This is really helpful,” Keller said. “This year I can’t afford to pay for it to be done. I used to do a lot of this kind of volunteering myself and age caught up with me.”

Keller’s workers were rewarded with S’mores cookies.

Fisher said it felt good to lend a hand to someone in need.

“I like to help others and it’s a beautiful day,” he said.

Culp enjoyed herself.

“This is a nice way to do something for the community and it’s a nice feeling knowing we’re helping someone,” she added.

Wilson wanted to give her time.

“The church needs to be involved in the community,” she said. “We are the hands and feet of Jesus.”

Scott and Melissa Frasl performed yard work at the home of Darlene Best.

Scott’s reason for working with ‘Laborer’s On Us’ was simple.

“God called us to do it,” he said. “We need to give when we can.”

His wife agreed.

“At times, we have needed help and it was there,” Melissa said. “It’s time to give back.”

Ellen Ditto counted the work day as a huge success for everyone.

“It was a pleasure serving them and all of us were blessed beyond measure and more than we deserve,” she said.

On Sunday, nearly 60 people gathered to celebrate and share lunch at Trinity United Methodist Church for the second annual fundraiser for the Ditto’s Carpenter’s Ministry. Funds were raised for their sixth year of mission work throughout the U.S. and for the Laborer’s On Us workdays in the Delphos area for 2014. Next year’s workdays will be Sept. 28 with Sept. 29 including a Celebration Super Salad Lunch at the church. Projects, donations and volunteers as welcome.


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