Neighbors prayed for. Handicap ramps built. Walls stuccoed, painted, and repaired. Gospel shared. These are just some of the incredible things happening today in Gallup, NM. Our WorldChangers have been working furiously to complete their projects, and with just one day left in our project, their motivation only seems to be growing! We pray that when the participants leave the project, that they would be hearing the call to live a life on mission in their hometowns and cities as they have so clearly heard it hear in Gallup.
Though they are tired, the participants have kept up their best effort, and today two homeowners at the project sites expressed their gratitude. Some homeowners have not been receptive towards prayer or sharing of the gospel, but Christ’s love is expressed through these students’ servanthood.
Our speaker, Jay, brought another challenging message tonight, calling on the participants to be the type of Christians who confront our broken world with truth. This is no easy thing, for the most experienced minister or the new Christian! Yet it is the call of Christ, to be salt and light to the earth!
I heard a cool story from the Goofus Roofers team. Their project is serving a woman named Paula Chee. Her house is isolated, out where the plumbing and electric lines won’t go. She brings her water in the bed of her truck, and uses a solar panel to have a light at night. We haven’t had much of a chance to talk with her, as she does not speak any English. However, when the Goofus Roofers first came to the site, they noticed that she was using a simple padlock to keep her house locked during the day. On top of the heavy roofing repair they had already planned, the team decided to get a doorknob, and they installed it while Paula was gone. Jason, an adult on the crew, said that when she came back in the afternoon, she went into the house, came out, locked the door, twisted the knob, unlocked it, went inside, came back out, and repeated her going in and out several time with a sort of satisfaction. It seemed to really be a blessing to her, although it was such a simple thing. I just think this story is awesome (even though I wasn’t there and Jason’s telling of it was so much better than mine!) because it shows how we can overcome many barriers in order to share the love of Christ with those around us.
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