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First Sunday Recipient March 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 March 2017 16:16

We were thrilled to have Margo Wohlfeil from Drake speak to us about Sure Hope Foundation which supports the

Sure Prospects School in Uganda. For those of you who would like more information please check out their website at


and Margo's great video introduction at



Last Updated on Sunday, 05 March 2017 16:23
Our Worship Space Address PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 17:14

The DMIEC Spiritual Home is located at 3306 University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50311. Worship is at 10am on Sunday mornings.

Our mailing address is DMIEC, P.O. Box 30065, Des Moines, Iowa 50310


Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 17:19
Our Spiritual Home PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 07:26

Our Spiritual Home changes through the seasons. Roger Routh shares his photographic impressions.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 07:39
Sarafina Carlor painting and reflection PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 February 2015 08:50


The painting on the front of this card was a collaborative piece.  It started with Sarafina’s pastel drawing of the outline
of the tree.  We often spent time drawing together.  On a summer day after her initial surgery, we came to our farm to
do art.  She started her drawing and then stopped and said, “I’m too tired to draw today.”  On our way back to
Des Moines, she marveled at the beauty of the clouds.  She used my camera to take pictures of the clouds from the car. 
Before she died, I found her tree drawing and decided to add to it, creating a collaborative venture.  I asked her
permission to do so.  I told her I would paint a portrait of her, using pastels, on the other side of the paper.  She
smiled and said I could do that.  I had only painted one human portrait in my life, so this was a big undertaking for me. 
I was in an art class at the time and used the instructor as an advisor to get started.  Everyone in the class encouraged
me.  However, I found it difficult to work on during Sarafina’s illness.  I chose to paint a picture I took of her in the hospital. 
I took another art class, which began in January, to continue the painting.  Sarafina died shortly after I resumed my work
on her portrait.  In the coming few months, as I worked on the painting, I realized that this was more than a painting. 
It became Sarafina.  In a way, it spoke to me.  She spoke to me.  My instructor encouraged me to let words come into
the painting, so if you look very closely at the original, you will see very small words inscribed.  These are Bible
passages to comfort us contrasting with the dire medical messages we continually heard and read.  I also decided to
morph the pillow and blanket into clouds, Sarafina’s clouds, where I believe she sits, no longer confined in a hospital
bed, watching us missing her.  This is “Sarafina’s Passing.”
Lisa Blumhagen
© 2014 by Lisa Cannon Blumhagen.  Please do not reproduce this image or text without permission.


One Year Later…
Sarafina Carlor died on January 29, 2014.
During this season, we can’t help but miss her and remember the hard times leading
to her death.
But we also remember with great gratitude your generosity, kindness, and support to
us during this extremely difficult time.
We want to say “thank you…”
May God bless you for your kindness.
Comfort Kaioh and Lisa Blumhagen
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 11:52
Habitat for Humanity Family Pictures PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 December 2013 16:13

Photos from the dedication of Dambar & Sumitra's home on 24th Street with people from DMIEC.

We helped with funds, prayers, meals, behind the scenes coordination, and moral support.

We were part of putting God's love into action to build homes, communities and hope.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 December 2013 16:35
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