courage in a small town
Oakville is about a 70-minute drive from Iowa City down highway 218 and then straight west. There are at least 3 congregations in Oakville- Merhodist, Apostolic, and Bible Churches. Just west of town is the Fairview Community Church which sports a cemetery and men's and women's outhouses. Half of the town's residents stayed after the flood and are courageously working together. A prefabricated home floated about half a mile away (in the distance above the car) while the stick-built garage stayed put (right side of the photo). Another house was split in half when a house across the road from it broke loose from its foundation and smacked up against its neighbor. Our work camp will help Oakville to survive as a community and provide low cost housing to people willing to live in a small, quiet community.