It's been a wonderful, challenging, joyful, frustrating, rewarding, blessed two years at TRANSFORM JOPLIN. Trent Davis has been our director of disaster response, volunteer coordinator, construction manager, and many other faithful examples of Christian service in the Joplin community for the past two years. As his time with us draws to a close, we remember his many contributions to the ministry of TRANSFORM JOPLIN, Inc.: a mission ministry of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin.

Trent has uplifted the staff of Immanuel Lutheran and Martin Luther School with his prayers and encouragement. He has connected Immanuel with unnumbered folks around town as he coordinated and shared knowledge, resources, and incoming volunteers, as well as building materials and tools through "The Warehouse," the shared location of various Christian ministries helping in the Joplin rebuilding effort... Trent has had his hands on dozens-upon-dozens of repair and construction projects for folks in need... His construction know-how has streamlined the Habitat For Humanity construction process, allowing Habitat to quickly frame houses in The Warehouse before transporting the walls to building sites. Trent's leadership and innovation allows Habitat to continue building homes for folks in need, even on rainy or wintery days... Trent Davis has networked with leaders of local, state, regional and national ministries, positively representing our church and city as he shared our needs and progress... His experience and ideas have helped to spark a renewed interest in mission work for the people of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin. From Trent's leadership came an international mission trip to Kenya, Africa, as well as a trip to serve the people of Minot, North Dakota following the devastating floods of 2011. Immanuel will continue in Trent's legacy as it develops vision for annual mission trips to serve people in need with help, motivated by the love, mercy, and Gospel of Jesus.

Much has been accomplished because of Trent's work, but he would humbly deny his impact, instead pointing the praise back toward God. His motivation for serving in Joplin has been God's Call and the opportunity to serve in Jesus' Name. Trent's gifts and strengths have been given to him by Jesus, who saved him from his human weakness and sinfulness. Rather than accept praise from those of us touched by his ministry in our midst, Trent would point others to Christ. So thank you, Lord Jesus! May God bless Trent and his family as they continue to follow God's Call to serve and share Jesus' Gospel in a new way, in a new place. 

2 Corinthians 4:5-6 (ESV)
5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.


05/31/2013 11:07am

Amen from the Staff, Board of Directors and countless volunteers of Hammers and Hearts. Thank you Trent, Immanuel Lutheran Church and Transform Joplin for building bridges that connected so many Christians of all faiths who gladly joined teams with the same purpose.


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