The HOOP Project is complete!!

Tony Brantzeg and his co-worker Joel King went down to South Africa after Christmas to finish the renovations on the HOOP.

The kitchen cabinets, flooring, appliances, and lighting all needed to be installed.  In the meeting room, the flooring and finishing touches were needed to complete the renovations.

In four days, Tony and Joel were able to finish the renovations on the two rooms in the HOOP.  See pictures of the finished rooms below.  The first two pictures below are the kitchen and the second two pictures are the meeting room.

Thank you to everyone that worked on the HOOP, that supported the HOOP financially, and that prayed for the HOOP!  

It could not have been completed without you!

The HOOP has started its journey to South Africa.

In May 2016, the HOOP project started when an empty shipping container was dropped off at Hopewell UMC.  The container was renovated mainly on weekends throughout the summer to turn the container into a kitchen and meeting room.


In August, the container was packed full with kitchen cabinets, flooring, kitchen countertops, tables, file cabinets, carpet squares, office chairs, and donations.

The donations that were collected over the summer include first aid supplies, underwear, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, school supplies, office supplies, etc.  Thank you to everyone that donated to this project!


On Thursday, October 6th the HOOP left Hopewell United Methodist Church to begin traveling to its final destination at the Mosaic Community Center in Wellington, South Africa.


Make sure you visit Mosaic’s website in December to see pictures of the HOOP after it arrives in South Africa!

July Update

July has been a busy month at the HOOP!  We want to thank all the volunteers that have worked on this project!

The next workday will be August 13th.  Click this link to sign up.  We need to install flooring, trim, and base molding.

Donations are being collected to fill the container.  Please review the lists on the HOOP webpage.  We still need quite a few tools that will be used when the houses are built in South Africa.  The mission trip team from Hopewell UMC will be building two houses in November.

Please click any of the pictures below to make them larger.

July 9th

July 16th

July 24th

July 30th

Saturday, June 18th (4th Work Day)

We had a great group of volunteers on the 18th!

Before we started the work for the day, Tony Brantzeg shared information about the HOOP, showed a video that Mosaic in South Africa made, and said a prayer.

The group worked on

  1. finishing the wiring
  2. drywalling
  3. finishing the gray primer coat on the outside of the container
  4. painting the outlines for the doors/windows in red paint
  5. cabinet blocking to make it easier to hang the cabinets in the kitchen.

Spray Insulation was added on Friday, June 17th.

The container before work began…

Painting the primer over the rust spots…

The meeting room has drywall by the end of the day!!

The HOOP 2nd Saturday



It was a cloudy day in PA which turned out to be a nice day to work on the HOOP!

The morning workers included Tony, Cammy, Matt & Seth Brantzeg;  Mike & Beth Kolar; Chris & Cheri Miller; and Pete Burrows.

We started the day framing the walls for the inside of the container.



A few people took turns grinding the rust off the outside of the container.

Around lunch time most of the morning crew left.  A handful of volunteers had lunch before starting to work again.

The afternoon workers that joined the group included Brad Lloyd; Andy, Addy, Aiden and Tristan Peat.

The group continued the framing which was almost completed by the end of the day.

Thank you to all the volunteers that came out today to work on the HOOP!  

1st Work Day

Work has started on the HOOP!  


This morning started with six people showing up at the container. One more person will be joining after the Saturday morning men’s group that meets at Hopewell UMC.  More people will join to help at 1pm while many of the people that started the day will only be able to stay until lunch time.  Saturdays are busy and we are thankful for the people that were willing to give their time and share their talent to work on the HOOP today!


The work today will include washing the container and getting the outside ready to be painted.  A few people will work getting the inside ready to start framing next week.  It is so exciting to see this project start!

Joe Lisowski has worked on coming up with a final plan for the inside of the container.   The original plan was for a kitchen and two meeting rooms. The current plan is to make the kitchen bigger and only have one meeting room.

Last Sunday, the congregation at Hopewell UMC was invited to sign the inside of the container writing an encouraging message, a prayer or just to sign their name to say they would be praying for this project and the people in South Africa.  2×4 boards were also available by the church entrance for people to write messages on or sign.  The Sunday school classes were able to visit the container to learn about the project and also write in the container.  See the messages below…