People of Faith: July 4, 2014

Godwin honored by Ozark Mission Project
As recognition for more than 20 years of service revitalizing neighborhoods and building relationships, North Little Rock resident and Lakewood United Methodist Church member Hank Godwin on June 11 was presented with Ozark Mission Project’s “Community Builder Award.”
The award, a small handmade glass house by local artist James Hayes, is given to volunteers who exhibit true love for God and neighbor. An inspiring, gentle and popular leader, Godwin has led camps, managed renovations and painted walls while building diverse relationships and giving campers a glimpse into the lives of fellow Arkansans who live in situations unfamiliar to most participating youth.
“Hank is an outstanding example to our campers of what it means to truly put others before yourself,” said OMP Executive Director Bailey Faulkner. “North Little Rock is lucky to have such a community-minded person with such a heart to serve. Working with Hank has taught me that no dream is too large and that anything is possible.”
“Hank’s enthusiasm and love for his community fuels his service in NLR,” said OMP college staff member Michael McMurry. “I admire him greatly, and wish I had the type of leadership and love for neighbor that Hank exhibits every day… not just one week during the summer, but every day.”
Ozark Mission Project is a series of United Methodist Church summer camps in which teenagers help local residents who need assistance maintaining their own homes. OMP campers build wheelchair ramps, repair roofs, paint houses, clear brush and more. Five thousand repaired homes and 20 years after a single camp started at Lakewood UMC North Little Rock, OMP has blossomed into a dozen camps across the state, with over 1,000 teens and adult leaders living in churches each summer, eating donated food and borrowing homes each evening to take showers.
—submitted by Joe Roitz