Every year, Grace Community Church in Noblesville, Indiana shuts its doors, cancels its services and sends its congregation out to do service projects all over the city.  This year, World Next Door sent a team of volunteer journalists from Grace’s congregation to tell some of the stories from the weekend.

This is one of those stories.

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Greasy Hands

Written by Don Litwiler

Photos by Don Litwiler and Casey Brown

During the Grace Weekend of Service, teams of Grace Community Church volunteers joined with Integrity Automotive owners Don, Nate, Randy, and their employees, and Grace Car Care Ministry members.  They teamed up to provide free car care services for families who are unable to pay for car maintenance.

There were 17 Grace volunteers, five Integrity Automotive Employee volunteers, three office volunteers, and four cook volunteers, all providing services to those needing basic car maintenance.

This tire needs repairing...

This tire needs repairing...

Tire check.  Good.

Tire check. Good.

With continued dedication to service, the Grace Car Care Ministry serves to ease the stress that comes for many in these hard economic times.

Customers were scheduled by The Good Samaritan and Rebuilding the Wall organizations. Approximately 40 cars were serviced during this Weekend of Service.

In the Spring of 1997, Ruth was a single mom who had a Chevrolet Cavalier Wagon with 200,000 miles. Steve Newnam, an original Grace Car Care Ministry member, suggested that she consider donating the Cavalier so that it could be put to use helping those in need.

Good for another 3500 miles...

Good for another 3500 miles...

Now in 2009, Ruth, along with others, has kept the Car Care Ministry alive to provide free auto services, oil changes, routine check-ups, and managing the processing of donated vehicles.

Mechanic in training...

Mechanic in training...

Nate, a partner at Integrity Automotive, also has a vision of providing help to parents with at-risk youth who struggle to drive their children to events due to unreliable transportation. He hopes to begin a teaching program for at-risk youth to pass along the skills he has learned at Integrity Automotive.

Randy, also a partner at Integrity Automotive, noted that his favorite volunteers of the weekend were the ones grilling the hot dogs.

Ruth, who donated a car in the beginning of the Car Care Ministry, now has the privilege of passing the keys to the recipients of other donated vehicles.

Some donated vehicles are sold at auction, the profits being used for car maintenance services like those provided during the Weekend of Service.

As for Ruth’s first donated car to the ministry, the Cavalier Wagon, it went on to serve a missionary family in Indianapolis, still running at 290,000 miles.

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  1. Jackie said... 

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    October 29th, 2009 at 6:58 am  

    As a Grace member and single mother of a 13 yr old son I can not express just how vital this ministry is. As a recipient of a Grace car and maintenance, I am not only able to provide for my family but now have a job in which I serve the handicap and disabled in Central Indiana. I am able to spread the seeds of my faith far beyond the doors of my church.

  2. Brenda Peck said... 

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    October 29th, 2009 at 6:54 pm  

    This is a great and very useful ministry. It is the basic needs that can really be essential in helping someone get back on their feet. Those are the things that a lot of people don’t have anything put aside for. We belong to the Christian Motorcycle Association and we are also a ministry of helps. We are going to be doing a trunk or treat at our Church, Abundant Life Assembly this weekend. We were out at Crossroads (a boys detention camp) last weekend. If everyone does a little then one person doesn’t have to do it all. That is how we reach the lost, “One Heart At A Time.”

  3. Rob Yonan said... 

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    October 29th, 2009 at 9:02 pm  

    I can’t thank everyone who made this happen enough!
    It was truly an honor to serve alongside the Integrity crew. They were professionals who really wanted to do all they could to help. Their insights and expertise were amazing. They did a great job teaching each of the volunteers and were incredibly patient. Everyone was motivated by their passion to serve. Of course using power tools and the car lift was simply awesome (arrggh arrrrgh).
    As busy as we were trying to care for each vehicle, every now and then we’d hear a heartfelt thank you from the drivers and their family members. That was a bonus.
    The sad part was knowing some of the vehicles needed more attention soon, which will cost significant money that is already very, very tight.
    I still remember a number of the people. I see their faces.
    Faces. People. Our community.
    The least of these helped with something as simple, yet necessary as car care.

  4. Tony Silvestro said... 

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    October 31st, 2009 at 8:03 am  

    It’s a great missionary service you’re doing. Wish you God’s good graces in every aspect of it.
    Hi to Don Litwiler.
    Tony

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