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Thrivent group lends a hand in Joplin, Mo.

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 12:22 p.m. CST

KEWANEE — Working shoulder to shoulder with his team members and local volunteers in Joplin, Mo., Thrivent Financial’s Steve Becker recently returned from a service mission in Joplin building homes for the local population. The four-day trip was part of the Thrivent Builds Worldwide program, a partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International.

“It was such a remarkable experience,” said Becker. “It was an incredible way to give back and be generous and live out the spirit of my faith in a different setting.”

The need in Joplin in still great after an EF5 tornado destroyed much of the city in May of 2011. The 12 team members were part of a weekend warrior trip which consisted of two working days in Joplin. The trip started with an orientation at the local Habitat for Humanity office where the housing need for the Joplin area was explained and building safety instructions were provided. The team was also welcomed by a local family, who were affected by the storm.

Many tasks were completed by the team members such as mixing concrete for a sidewalk, seeding a yard, hanging doors and trim and painting and cleaning the inside of the home. The team also watched the documentary “Heartland” which provided firsthand accounts of Joplin citizens affected by the tornado. “Helping other people in times of need is what Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is all about. This trip was no exception,” said Becker.

Members of the team were from Kewanee, Princeton, Malden, Galesburg and the Quad Cities.

Becker is also leading a Thrivent Builds trip to El Salvador Oct. 18-26. For more information about the trip, email Becker at

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