One Great Hour of Sharing,
One Great Hour of Love!
One Great Hour of Caring
for those whom Jesus Loves!
We’ve a song to sing to the nations, That the Lord who reigneth above calls us, each one, to break the darkness into dawning of noonday bright. And Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth in love and in light.
Fire! Fire! Fire! the call rang out….Guadalupe is on FIRE! Prior to the ’70’s the fragile houses in Guadalupe burned to the ground in a snap, crackle, split second before fire departments from near-by communities could help. In 1971, a group of 5 men in Guadalupe decided to develop a fire department…..yet had no funds. They turned to the Guadalupe Presbyterian Church for assistance through the One Great Hour of Sharing SELF-DEVELOPMENT of PEOPLE, writing a proposal for blocks to build a fire house and for training for firefighters. The FIRE was LIT and the funds allocated for blocks…and it was so.
Mesa Community College had a training program and so they went. The “track star” custodian at FRANK SCHOOL was designated to receive calls, RUN to the firehouse and RING the BELL. Uniforms were gathered and off to the fire with their HAND DRIVEN FIRE HOSE. HURRAH! HURRAH! Training and discipline in learning the ‘tricks of the trade’, within TWO weeks of classes TWO (2) children were pulled from a burning house. The hand driven fire hose proved inadequate and the fighters were GIVEN an old beer truck which was converted into a WATER TRUCK.
At the conclusion of the training, a manual was written covering fire fighting procedures, safety rules, first aid instructions. Various techniques and procedures were practiced (4 score 4 sure). Classes given in FIRE PREVENTION brought pride to the lives in the community. CELEBRATIONS with FIREMEN sponsoring a Christmas parade and party for the children of Guadalupe; Marcos de Niza High School band played (maybe not 76 trombones yet did have students from Guadalupe community); FLOATS and marchers led by FIRE CHIEF JUAN NIETO, support from the community and gifts for the children. MODERATOR OF PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH came from New York City TO BE in the parade and “celebrate what can be done through One Great Hour of Sharing: Self Development of People!!!!!! One float CARRIED the BELL from the Guadalupe Presbyterian Church!!!!
By 1974, more donations of equipment had come in. “Professional firefighters” from other communities volunteered to assist GUADALUPE FIREFIGHTERS. When the town was incorporated, funds became available for the latest in fire equipment, and funds to pay for professional firemen….and the ‘small band of’ community VOLUNTEERS helped and saw that it was good!
SELF DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLE through each of our giving helps put out FIRES in many places of our nation. YES, we’ve a SONG to SING to the NATION.