A Postcard and a Prayer from 
Mennonite Women USA:  October 2016
 
God, the Ultimate Artist
by Becky Koller

God, you are the ultimate artist! We bask in the beautiful colors of fall. I think fall must be your favorite season because you paint with such glory.

But then I'm reminded of those same colors in the flowers of spring and summer. Maybe spring or summer is your favorite season.

The red leaves dance on the wind and flutter to the ground and I'm reminded of cardinals that land ever so gently on the crystal snow in winter. Is winter your favorite season?

I watch your sunrises and sunsets and see the same magnificent colors streaked throughout. Now I know. You surround us with beauty and color on a daily basis to show your love for us.

Thank you, God for colors. 

Becky Koller  was born and raised in central Kansas. She is married, has two married children and four grandchildren. She works as a secretary for the Eden Mennonite Church in rural Moundridge, Kansas. 
THE HOUSEWARMER PROJECT
Recovery in Jamestown, Colorado
by Becky Koller 

A picture of the flood damage in Jamestown in 2013.
The full version of this piece originally appeared on the Mennonite Mennonite Women Voices blog. 

It was a cold, snowy December morning in 2013 when my husband Jeff - a  Mennonite Disaster Service staff member - MDS volunteers Gil and Rhoda Friesen and I arrived in Jamestown, Colorado. A September flood had completely washed away 17 homes and had left many more with heavy damage. Ninety-eight percent of the residents had been to be airlifted out of town.
 
The little town of 300 was at a standstill. Jamestown's infrastructure had been severely damaged, and there was still no running water. The town hadn't gotten much media attention after the flood, so the residents were alone in mourning the loss of their home as they had known it.
 
The mayor, Tara Schoedinger, and one of her staff members, Nina Andaloro, met us at City Hall for a walking tour. As we moved through the eerily quiet town, I noticed the haunted looks on the faces the few residents who had come back. The creek, which parallels Jamestown's main street, was now filled with snow and ice. It seemed almost too beautiful to have caused such destruction. Schoedinger told us that the flood had changed the course of the creek - that some of the places where we were walking used to be the creek bed.
 
We continued along the creek, looking at homes that appeared to have been bulldozed. And in a sense, they had been bulldozed - not by machinery, but by the angry, raging James Creek. The creek had undercut some house; foundations, floors and exterior walls had been washed away, leaving them looking like oversized dollhouses with their rooms exposed. Still other homes had sand and silt stacked all the way to the roofline.


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Sister Care: Guatemala
 
On Oct. 18, Sister Care will begin a four-day enrichment event in Guatemala to build on the four Sister Care units. Women from 10 countries in Central America and the Carribean will attend. In January, an enrichment event will be held in Argentina and in March, in Colombia.
 
  
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Have a blessed month!

Sincerely,
Mennonite Women USA staff