FORTVILLE — Months ago, Jerry Brown cut wooden 4×4 posts to build bunk beds to house visiting mission teams at a disaster relief agency his church supports.

Since then, he’s used some of the leftover wood for different projects. Some pieces became dice for yard Yahtzee. Others blocks, painted orange, will be decorative fall pumpkins.

Come September, these crafted pieces will be sold. Though different in form, they too have a ministry function: feeding hungry people.

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Skills such as woodworking, baking, hair cutting and painting will be offered Sept. 9 at Fortville Christian Church’s Harvest of Talents. Members and friends will offer their abilities for a price, a sum that will go to International Disaster Emergency Service. The Christian Church relief organization, the same one Brown built beds for, will send the money to feeding ministries around the world.

This is the first time the Fortville church has played host to such an event, although some members have helped out when other churches were having one.

Volunteers from Fortville have for about two years traveled to the disaster relief ministry’s headquarters in Noblesville to paint wooden pieces that became napkin

Harvest of Talents

When: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 9

Where: Fortville Christian Church, 9450 N. County Road 200W, Fortville

What: Visitors can shop from various craft and decor items. A silent auction will feature donations from local businesses, such as an oil change or restaurant gift certificates.

Why: All money raised will go to hunger relief programs through International Disaster Emergency Service.


-Biscuits and gravy, 9 a.m.

-Walking tacos, 10:30 a.m.

-Pulled pork sandwiches, noon to 1:30 p.m.

-Live auction of larger items such as wooden furniture, 2 p.m.

Not just bread alone

International Disaster Emergency Service supports hunger relief in 18 countries. According to its 2016 annual report, more than 112,000 people were served through 53 projects in those countries, fed by 1.4 million pounds of food.

That’s one facet of its ministry; IDES also supports training of Christian leaders, distribution of Bibles and — as its name suggests — disaster response. Volunteers build lockable storage sheds for homeowners to securely store belongings after a home-damaging natural disaster. IDES also supports livestock programs to foster development, clean water projects, medical clinics and other programs.

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