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Summer Starts with Action

By Chris Meehan and Sean Connolly

Tuesday in Indianapolis, Action division members cut down a tree, removed a fence and began filling a large dumpster—kicking off the ninth summer of Action division work. Team members began arriving on Monday—15 volunteers from four branches: Corvallis, Shreveport, Servant Branch and northern Virginia.

This summer’s schedule calls for four Action trips to Indianapolis and three to Allendale. The first Allendale trip arrives in Louisiana on June 21.

“There’s a lot of work to be done in both places,” says Action program coordinator Mike Zusi. “In Allendale, we’re going to run a camp for six weeks and do another round of home repair projects for our neighbors. In Indy, we’re cleaning and renovating properties for use in our community building efforts on the South Side and in the Triangle area near IUPUI.”

Walt Seale is directing the Indianapolis work, while Nathan Barrett will direct the work in Allendale.

Members of the first Indianapolis team will dig a trench for a new water line on a South Side home, lay carpet in two homes, untangle a maze of pipes in a Triangle home and clean a house in preparation for occupancy by campus division members next fall.

Walt Seale addresses the first Indianapolis Action team. Credit: Trish Brewer


Mike Zusi says it’s not too late for volunteers to apply to attend one of this summer’s trips. Trip information is available on the Action web site, or volunteers can call Action administrator Jeanette Zimmel, 318-208-1124.

Members of the first Indianapolis team include: John Taylor and Ken Taylor (Corvallis); Andree Louvierre, Mary Jane Parker, Gabriela Bendele and Mark Bendele (Shreveport); Willie Forbes and Bruce Brand (northern Virginia); Elena Radtke, Sean Hagens, Martha Mertz, Lizzie Stauble, Don Ferber, Dick Stauble and Linda Stauble (Servant Branch).

Walt Seale, Mike Coney, Paul Kane. Credit: Trish Brewer


  1. Tom Shriver says:

    It's great to see Willie Forbes & Gabe Yohe, two life-long POP Buffalo Camp kids attending the Action trip to Indy! Their work there will be wonderful preparation for their work in the FAR program later in June. Looking forward to hearing some exciting stories from their trip.

  2. David O'Hanley says:

    Thanks for including the photos with he text. I had a moment of both pride and comfort seeing so many familiar faces in settings different from those in which I associate them. A great witness to the possibilities present in the kingdom.

  3. Susan Busk says:

    Praise God! Keep up the good work! Sue

  4. Ray Hickey says:

    Even though we can't be with you, know that we are with you in Spirit, dispelling the darkness and building the kingdom of God in the light.

    Have a great summer!

  5. Ruth Schmelzer says:

    What a blessing to see so many of our younger brothers and sisters stepping forward to pick up shovel and wrench to serve God's people! May you be blessed with health, energy, safety, good weather, and all that you need to fulfill the task that the Lord has given you! Thank you for stepping up and serving!!!!! Your witness encourages us slightly older folks!!

  6. Joel Kibler says:

    This is a wonderful work! Thank you to all who volunteer and serve, young and older. You are building a better Indianapolis and a better Allendale, where there is less sorrow and regret, where the love of God is breaking out. I am sure the Lord is so pleased with all you do in his name.

  7. Pat Walsh says:

    Seeing all of you at work is so uplifting. In 1968 when I was batised in the Holy Spirit I had a new belief in the workings of the Holy Spirit in our world. Some of oldies kept a vision alive and now we are seeing the fruit. Hearing of your work is like reading the letters of Paul as he went about building the kingdom. Thank you and may you have abundant grace in your work. Pat Walsh

  8. chris urbanski says:

    God bless you for your efforts in building the kingdom!
    Chris Urbanski

  9. John DeLee says:

    May the Lord blees all those blessed by this work and may the participants be doubly blessed by their effors and all those of the support group!!

  10. Fred & Sue Smith says:

    Indy Mission Team & Action Teams-We delight in following the great work being done in Mission ! Thanks to the Communicators for bringing us all the superb reporting of Pix & Stories.Thanks All for helping us viewers to share the Good News of Youth in Mission , hopefully to draw in others to ask , to pray , and to come! Smiths

  11. Robin says:

    this is GREAT ! ! !

  12. John Broxup says:

    I can't wait to see the progress made when I go down later this summer! Keep up the good work!

  13. Kim Doffing says:

    Praise be to God! Seeing these pictures and the work you are doing this summer is a real life line for the whole community.
    Thank YOU servants of our God!

  14. Nancy Grams says:

    What inspiring work you all are doing for building the Kingdom of God! May the Holy Spirit strengthen you for every good work and give you courage to be light for the world and salt for the earth.
    Nancy Grams
    Colorado Springs Branch

  15. Carmen G. Fraga says:

    Dear Brothers & Sisters,
    What an amazing sight you must be to the people you're serving! We're so inspired by your witness of hard work and love. You're in the "mix" transforming the world to the Glory of God. Hallelujah!
    Carmen Fraga

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