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Monday, September 16, 2013 12:03 AM

BY NANCY SPENCER

Herald Editor

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

“God told us he had a plan for us,” Ellen said.

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 volunteer 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.

“There were more than 300 homes damaged and destroyed,” Buzz said. “We helped rebuild 30 and repair 80.”

On Sept. 28, the Dittos will share their calling with volunteers to provide “Laborer’s On Us” in Delphos to help raise funds for their next mission year.

“We are asking for volunteers to help do minor home repairs and chores that are needed and donations of materials and funds,” Ellen said. “We also need people to share their needs with us.”

Projects can include window/door repairs, painting, minor roof repairs, gutter cleaning, yard cleanup, inside cleaning, listening/visiting, reading, etc.

Those who would like to donate, volunteer or need help should visit Trinity United Methodist Church at 211 E. Third St., Delphos; call the church at 419-692-0651; or call the Dittos at 419-233-3524 by Wednesday.

Buzz and Ellen DittoThe day will begin with breakfast and fellowship at 8 a.m. Sept. 28 at the church before workers are dispatched to their jobs. Volunteers will meet back at the church at noon for lunch and then return to their work sites until 4 p.m.

A celebration lunch will be held at noon on Sept. 29 at the church and will include sandwiches, a variety of hearty salads and dessert. Volunteers, homeowners and anyone who wants to join will share the meal. A free-will offering will be taken.

This year, the couple is headed to Sunflower, Miss., to help start a new mission from the ground up with Delta Grace United Methodist Church. They need approximately $2,500 a month to keep their mission going. The money is spent on gas, building and repair materials and food. Their lodging is usually provided.

What the couple gets in return is immeasurable.

“You think you are going on a mission trip to help others,” Ellen said. “You do that but in return, you are filled with so many blessing. You can’t out-give God.”

Ellen said there are other ways to help.

“We also need people to pray for us and give us encouragement,” she said. “That is important, too.”

Who the Dittos help is unlimited.

“We assist the widows, widowers, orphans, the elderly, the poor and the rich,” Ellen added. “We live simply so that others may simply live.”

 

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