The missionaries have come a long way since the days when it was just Rus, Jon and I living in Indianapolis. Among others who joined us in Indianapolis, Trish Brewer moved down from South Bend, and she’s now the women’s leader in what we call the Triangle.
My parents, Dan and Anne Brewer, are in the South Bend branch, and many people here in Servant Branch know my sister Carolyn, who is married to Bill Reinhardt (New Orleans). I went to Trinity School at Greenlawn and then joined the South Bend campus division while attending Saint Mary’s College. After graduating, I worked for Vine & Branches and then helped with administration for the campus division in South Bend.
In the fall of 2008, I moved to the Triangle in Indianapolis to help continue building the People of Praise campus outreach at IUPUI. Last summer, I headed the women on the Action trips in Indy. This year, I’m leading the campus women’s household. In our household of 10 we have four women from Servant branch: Cathy Schwab, Annie Putzier, Amy Rice and Rachel Osterhouse. Walt Seale is leading the men’s household, which has six men on one side of a duplex, and Walt and Pam are living on the other side. He heads up our two households combined, which we call the Triangle Campus Team.
Our women’s household has been blessed this semester to be living for the first time at 1450 Rembrandt, the house formerly known as 1435 Montcalm. The house was picked up and moved down the street and around the block this past summer. We have many of you to thank for renovating the house during Action trips the past three summers. Our back yard would still be a trash heap if it wasn’t for Don Ferber and all the dump trips he made.
As a campus team, we are learning what God is calling each of us to learn, maturing in our life in the People of Praise, growing in brotherhood and sisterhood and putting our studies in common.
One story that I want to share with you is about Annie Putzier. She decided to walk home after one of her classes. It was a sunny day and it was about a 25-minute walk. On her way back, she heard the Holy Spirit tell her to turn around and talk to the girl walking behind her. So she did, and that’s how we met Lynn. Annie told her about what we were doing in the Triangle, and Lynn was thrilled to hear about Christian community life nearby. They exchanged contact information, and the next Lord’s Day Lynn came. As she walked in, we were singing and worshipping together, and she right away started singing, and her face was beaming, and it was like she was home. When we went around thanking the Lord for things, she shared that she was thankful to the Lord for getting to meet Annie and being able to join us in praising God. She has continued to come over for dinner and to grow in friendship with our women’s household. We’re looking forward to seeing how the Lord will continue to grow and deepen the roots of the People of Praise life in the Triangle.