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If I had a hammer…

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to help start the kickoff to the Apostle Build. This is where 12 churches in the area got together to start building a house for a deserving family. It was a cold day, with a bit of wind…not exactly the kind of day I wanted to be outside. All churches were supposed to send two people, and I was asked to go down to Frederica, where the house is being built.

Now…I like the idea of fixing things, but am not exactly Mr. Handyman. I think I COULD fix a lot of things, but generally the tools and time (as in not having any) generally stop me from doing a whole lot, especially big projects. Working on a house, especially from the ground up, was not something I really thought I could do, and certainly not what I would have prefered to be doing on a cold, late winter day. However, at the end of the day, I was proud of what I had done, as well as learning a few lessons.

I developed a few new skills (as well as some sore muscles). I also developed an appreciation for all those people who work at such tasks, especially the supervisors. The foreman who was leading us certainly had his work cut out for him, but he did it with humor and grace. I suspect that the work the 20 or so of us did could have been done by about a quarter of his normal work crew, but it isn’t always about efficiency. The family we were helping is right there, and I’ve often thought about them over the couple of weeks, especially the one day I ran into a vaguely familiar woman, but couldn’t quite place her. I happened to be wearing the Habitat for Humanity tee shirt that day, and she asked me if I had worked on it. She then told me she was the homeowner, but looking a lot different in her professional working clothing than the sweat shirt and jeans when we were working together.

I also got some other thoughts on watching this house go up…a lot of different people, from different parts of the Christian faith, all working towards a common goal. There was some splinters, some laughs, some mistakes..but at the end of the day, we also had 4 walls up, and a base on to which each church, taking their turn on a weekly basis, can build on.

The house is getting close to completion, but there is still plenty of work to do do….Wesley Church’s day is coming up on May 18th from 7:45am to 3:00 pm. As I well proved, no special skills are required…God will equip those who are called.

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