LIMA — Work got underway Sunday for a new mural at Our Daily Bread Community Center.
“We painted the building about five years ago and this side just looks so blank. We knew we wanted to put something here. We kicked around a couple of things and we met with some of the people from the Lima Mural Project and I saw what they did down at ‘I Can Ministries,’ Wayne Bradley’s church and some of the other places in town,” said Randy Kimpel, director of Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. “We totally wanted to show our diversity and our faith and I think they’ve come up with the right project for that.”
The mural is titled “The Tree of Life at Dawn.”
“It has kind of our catchphrase — faith, food and hope — which you know we put God first, so we got faith first. We serve food so that’s food but we give people hope when they come here and I think that’s the biggest thing we give out, love and hope when people come here,” Kimpel said.
Dennis Hempker, founder of the Lima Mural Project, helped design the mural.
“I designed these murals in a way that we can encompass everybody, that way the whole community can come out and feel as if they’re doing something for the community. When we make these events people can sit around and they can get to know each other and start to build those relationships between people and I think people are going to be highly impressed with what happens when everybody puts their blessings on the table and allows everyone to start sharing these things and they’re going to see doors that open once environments like this are established,” Hempker said.
Hempker is sold on what Our Daily Bread is trying to accomplish.
“I really like Our Daily Bread because they do so much for the community and honestly no one’s caring for them. I mean, the building, everything, the people, they need help and you know we all can help, everyone can help,” Hempker said.
Kimpel was grateful to those who came out to help with the mural.
“It’s just been great, great working with the people from the Lima Mural Project. It’s been great getting to know (Hempker) and working with them to put this together,” Kimpel said.
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