How Our Volcanic Village Started


Our wedding couples have my wife, Janelle, to thank for building this bridge between ladies whose wedding dreams come true, and little ladies who can begin to now dream because of it. Years ago, Janelle had heard of a work project through her church, Solomon’s Porch in South Minneapolis where families would be gifted a new home as a way out of insane poverty. One single home costs $1,800 and consists of one room for all activities much like a small studio apartment. As most of the food is also cooked on wood-fed stoves with soot billowing in the same room as kids sleep, environmental precautions are now in the works to help keep the air clean for families. After a few months of dating, I asked if I could join her on the next trip as it had been one of the biggest influences on her life to date. Over the last fifteen years, this project has built over 60 homes for families who would not be able to afford to do so, and we have been apart of four of those trips.

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