Siloam Springs Herald Leader Proud 2018

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For the Institute for Bibli- cal Community Development (IBCD) Mission, woodworking is about much more than bringing the beauty of nature into custom- ers' homes. The Siloam Springs-based mis- sion trains foreign missionaries and college and high school stu- dents about sustainable build- ing and energy, water resources, construction, basic health care, woodworking, gardening and animal husbandry at their 86- acre property in Watts, Okla. The goal is for the IBCD students to share the knowledge they learn with people in impoverished communities around the world, according to founder and direc - tor Young Kim. The mission sells the modern woodworking products they make at C by M Creative in downtown Siloam Springs. The business, owned by Young Kim's daughter Mary Kim, also includes Mary's photography studio and creative space available to other artists. Beginnings IBCD Mission started as a spin-off of an engineering and community development class that Young taught at John Brown University. The retired professor wanted to not only to teach col - lege students but also to reach out to people in impoverished areas of the world. "I traveled quite extensively and met people who are working in impoverished areas — most of the time in rural areas," Young said. "The class that I was teach - ing was very relevant to help them." The retired engineering profes- sor started doing a lot of on-site consulting, but realized that what he could do himself overseas was limited. To increase the impact, he built the IBCD Mission com- munity where he could teach along with staff members who could share their experience in other areas. Currently, the mission hosts missionaries, interns and college students, as well as a summer camp for Korean middle and high school students. Some students stay for six-week sessions, while others stay for an entire semester or intern for several years. Missionary students come from all over the world, including at least a dozen African coun - tries, as well as southeast Asia and India. Many of the other stu- dents come from Korea or JBU. "We teach how to develop a healthy community in a God oriented society, following the teachings of the Bible" Young said. "Survival is a big struggle and issue, so we not only teach them the community spirit Photos by Janelle Jessen/Herald-Leader Mary Kim (right) and her husband, Will Nitz, sell the products created at IBCD in Mary's downtown shop, C by M Creative. IBCD teaching healthy community development in God-oriented society Far left: Youjin Hur, IBCD pro- grams coordinator, measures a piece of wood in the woodwork- ing shop. Hur is in charge of the wood shop and is responsible for developing curriculum and train- ing, and coordinating the other aspects of the operation. Left: Young Kim, director for the Insti- tute for Biblical Community Devel- opment, explains how logs are processed into lumber using the sawmill. The sawmill was donated about three years ago and the previous owner taught IBCD staff how to use the equipment. By Janelle Jessen Staff Writer n jessen@nwadg.com Janelle Jessen/Herald-Leader A sign over the IBCD barn states "Jesus was a workin' man." Physical labor and a down-to-earth attitude is an important principal to the organization. See WOOD on Page 7C See RELICS on Page 4C HERALD-LEADER Wednesday, June 27, 2018 m C Salley savors hobby of unearthing Civil War relics Janelle Jessen/Herald-Leader Chris Salley holds a cast-iron skillet he discovered at a Confederate camp. By Janelle Jessen Staff Writer n jjessen@nwadg.com As a retired sergeant over the school resource officer program and the longtime owner of City Barbershop, Chris Salley is a fa- miliar face in Siloam Springs, but few know about his hobby as a Civil War relic hunter. Salley uses his detective skills to research Civil War era camp- sites on his wife's parents' land in Vicksburg, Miss., and then searches out the sites in real life and uses a metal detector to pinpoint objects. He has found everything from large items such as a live canon ball and cast iron skillet to small items such as wedding rings and uniform buttons. Almost all of the items pulled from the Mississippi silt after more than 150 years have a story that captures the imagination. Some items are in pristine con - dition, while others are sheared, twisted or have pieces snapped off. It's impossible to know whether the damage was caused in battle or by the ravages of time. "All the time, I find stuff and I think 'Wow, I mean some guy 150 years ago was sitting here and either lost this or maybe lost his life and dropped this, or who knows what happened.'" Salley said. "Sometimes it just feels re - ally, really cool and other times its almost spooky, some of the stuff I've find. You find a 58-cali- ber Minie ball (the type of bullet often used in the Civil War named after its creator rather than its size) that's been fired and hit something pretty substantial and you wonder, did that hit some - body or did that hit the dirt? You just never know." An interest in history Growing up on the Missis- sippi Delta in Clarksdale, Miss.,

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