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Issue  5       May 2019
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International
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In this Issue
  1. Some of our volunteers
  2. From recent guests at the guesthouse
  3. Call for volunteers
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The International Guest House is a non-profit house owned and maintained by the Allegheny Conference of Mennonite Church USA. We are run by an all-volunteer staff eager to show the love of Christ through the ministry of hospitality to guests from all over the world. We look forward to serving you!
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Some of our  Volunteers

2018
Rick and Deb Rauh, Keith and Kathy Springer, Greg Oman and Sam Glick
Keith and Kathy Springer
Illinois
--Keith and Kathy Springer, from Saybrook, IL, volunteered at IGH from March 20 through April 30. They have been enriched by meeting many different people in a variety of places through their volunteer jobs after retirement. Keith is a retired grain farmer and Kathy a retired teacher. 
They have two grown sons and five grandchildren and enjoy spending time with them. Keith does woodworking as a hobby and Kathy enjoys reading and biking. They enjoyed their new adventures at the IGH.
Greg Oman
Tennessee
Greg Oman of Memphis, TN returns to IGH after volunteering in 2014.  He’s a semi-retired hospital chaplain who loves traveling abroad.  Before arriving in DC, he spent the last 7 months teaching English in Taiwan while traveling to Vietnam and Thailand.   He also has volunteered at several various SOOP locations in the US. 
Dave and Sena Osborne
Kansas
--Dave and Sena Osborne were volunteers from August 7 to October 21, 2018. They have recently retired from Hesston College (Hesston, Kansas) and have grandchildren in Texas, Canada, and England. Sena enjoys reading, volunteering, and staying in touch with friends. Dave enjoys reading, sports, photography, and trying to keep up with current events.
They watch a lot of movies together and enjoy eating at ethnic restaurants. In addition to their many years in Kansas, they have lived more than ten years overseas in Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Japan, and India.
Picnic in the garden
Deb and Rick Rauh 
Illinois
--Rick and Deb Rauh of Metamora, Illinois volunteered for the first three weeks of March at IGH. Rick is retired from a family telecommunications business and he and Deb are actively involved in volunteering with non-profit organizations in and around their hometown.
  They have 4 children who are living in Michigan and various locations in Illinois.  They enjoy carpentry, cooking, organizing, biking, cross-country skiing, meeting and making friends, and have enjoyed this new serving opportunity!
Mary and Merlin Greiser, Connie and Paul Krehbiel, Jean Glick
Paul and Connie Krehbiel
Illinois
--Paul and Connie Krehbiel volunteered at the guest house for the month of February.  They are from Minier IL, and attend Hopedale Mennonite Church.  They have two grown children living near them and they have five grandchildren. 
They enjoy spending time watching their grandkids sports activities and are happy to spend time with Connie’s 90-year-old mom who also lives near them.  Paul and Connie enjoy traveling, gardening, woodworking, biking, and meeting new people.  

Paul and Judy Classen
Colorado

--Paul and Judy Classen  volunteered at IGH in October and November 2018.  Their lives together have been lived in Akron, PA, Kinshasa, Congo, Africa, Newton, KS and Broomfield, CO.  Judy taught elementary school children in PA, Congo, and KS; Paul was office manager at MCC, business manager at MCC (Congo), equipment leasing manager and travel agent for MTS Travel.  He currently works as a part-time travel agent. 
They enjoy travelling, reading, hiking, and snowshoeing (Paul). They have two children: Suzanne and husband Ryan and daughters Olive and Iris in Boulder, CO and Tim and wife Erin in Chicago. 

From Recent Guests at the Guesthouse
--Thank your or your hospitality. We are truly grateful … for the sharing of your lives with us during the past week. The time with us here was truly amazing and used this house as our home. - Assumption 

--Thanks for your hospitality, and we will remember all of you as a part of our experience in D.C. this spring break. All our best for the upcoming spring. Continue to show light in our world. - Dartmouth

--Amazing … we are so appreciative of your hopsitality and generosity. -UC San Diego

--Thank you for another wonderful stay – the Mennonite hospitality – – 5 star!! May this house continue to share God/s love and invitation to all.

-- A very refreshing and relaxing stay after being jostled by crowds all day.
Urgent call for Volunteers
Summer 2019
We desperately need volunteers between June 23 and July 20. 

Any former volunteers who could help out for a week during that time would be immensely appreciated. 
Volunteering at IGH?
Many of our guests inquire how they might become staff volunteers and put into practice the idea of faithful Christian hospitality at the International Guest House.  The “job” requires a genuine interest in people of all cultures, a willingness to rotate the physical work tasks of making beds, cleaning, cooking, baking, and interacting with guests, and an understanding that as you serve, you are also living in close community with one another.

For more detailed information or an application for a short term or long-term assignment, please contact Sara at:

sarafretzgoering@gmail.com 

Subject line:  Volunteer Staff Inquiry.
 
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