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9 c. f Thursday, December 18, 2014 N/Warren Town and County News Page Seven Norwalk Parks and Recreation Receives Grant Des Moines Couple to Return to Papua New Guinea Pictured, left to right: Diane Bedwell, Nancy Kuehl, Louise Taylor-Seibert, Mark Miller, Rick Wilson. Photo submitted. Norwalk Parks and Rec has received a $5,000 grant from Warren County Philan- thropic Partnership. Grant funds will help to achieve the purchase of a rider field painting machine to be jointly shared with the Norwalk Community School District. "Both entities have numerous soccer, football and practice fields to be painted. With the number of youth participating in these sports, this should help reduce the manpower and labor for painting these fields throughout the year," said Nancy Kuehl, Norwalk Parks and Rec Director. The Warren County Partnership was organized to promote and enhance commu- nity-based philanthropy in Warren County. The WCPP recently received a state award to facilitate endowment building and grantmaking. The contribution to the founda- tion was made possible by the Iowa General Assembly. In 2004 the Iowa legislature passed several bills to encourage foundation building and community-based philan- thropy. Among these measures was HF 2032 which provides that non-gambling coun- ties, initiating a county-wide community foundation would be eligible to receive one half of one percent of the state's gross gambling tax receipts. Twenty-one grant applications were received and nine organizations across War- ren County from Norwalk, Milo, Indianola, New Virginia and Carlisle shared in the funding allocations. BAMBINO'S RESTAURANT " Same classic taste now at 2025 Grand Ave., West Des Moines Tues.-Fd., 11 a.m. to close; Sat., 4 p.m. to close *Tuesday Evening Special Chicken Dinner $9.95 *Wednesday Evening Special 1/2 off any size pizza *Lunch Menu 225-4842 LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Mnoql Day-Ialmr Day) Dan and Diane Folkers, who after living and work- ing in the local community for 20+ years, followed a spiritual calling to move across the world to Papua New Guinea in order to work with Wycliffe Bible Enjoy a West Des Moines address and attend Norwalk Schools at Fox Valley. Large walk-out lots backing to a pond or Iowa's countryside. , Quick dri ,, , 7( I Call for more info: .............................................................. i i Nlyn Brown John Akers Suzy Marker ' 453-6403 453-5103 453-6OO9 Directions: H 5 Bypass To SW Connector, South To MaIIitt Lake Rd, West To 8 20th Or Orilla Rd, South Through Orilla Development On The West Side 0f The Road. Photos submitted. Translators USA. After two-and-a-half years there, they have returned to Des Moines and would love to share their story. Before heading to Papua New Guinea, Dan Folkers worked as an air- craft technician for 30+ years at the Des Moines airport and Diane Folkers worked as a teacher for the local school system for 20+ years. They are members of Fellowship Community Church in Norwalk and felt the calling to have a more intensive commit- ment to religious service. They began their journey with two short mission trips in Canada and Asia and then found their long- term calling in Papua New Guinea. Dan and Diane gave up their careers and comfort- able life at home in order to work with Wycliffe, an international organization that is striving to translate the Bible into the remain- ing 1700+ unreached lan- guages in the world. Papua New Guinea makes this goal particu- larly difficult to achieve as it is home to more than 800 different languages. They were successful in helping translate the Bible into four language groups dur- ing their stay. While in Papua New Guinea, the couple fo- cused predominately on the education of mission- ary children and hosted several Bible Study groups. Dan focused his work on the men of Papua New Guinea and taught them what it means to be "an authentic Christian man in today's world." Diane focused her work on providing food, clothing and any kind of service the people of the local com- munity might need. Al- though they sacrificed a lot by leaving behind their own families, they felt their time was very re- warding and plan to re- turn in early 2015.