When we came to the worksite Friday morning, there was one short wall up along the north edge of the building. With all 40+ workers on-site today, we were quickly divided into teams and each team assigned the task of assembling specific walls. By 11:30 a.m., the walls were going up rapidly. It's amazing to watch ...
Work continued throughout the day and at 4 p.m., the final wall went up ...
Click HERE for a PDF file with more photos and captions from this final day on the work site!
As we ended our last night together, our group led all the volunteers in worship. Ken wrote this paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 which seems a fitting way to end this post!
We are a mission team.
Though the team is made up of many people, and though all of us are many, we form one team. For we were all called by one Spirit to this place, whether teacher or student, pastor or parishioner, accountant or nurse, whether from Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, or any other place, and we were all given one purpose.
Now the mission team is not made up of one person, but many. If the roofing crew should say, "Because we are not building window frames, we are not part of the team," they would not for that reason cease to belong to the team. And if the painters should say, "Because we are not building a fence, we are not part of the team," they would not for that reason cease to be part of the team. If everyone here was picking up brush and debris at the mission site, who would be doing repair work in the community? If everyone was building walls, who would prepare the meals that we have so enjoyed this week?
But in fact, God has called every one of us to this place, with just the skills He has given to each of us. If we were all doing just one task, how could our mission here be completed? As it is, there are many jobs, but one team.
The long-term volunteers cannot say to those of us who came here for one week, "We do not need you." And the adults cannot say to the youth, "We do not need you." On the contrary, those of us on the team that may seem to be least important are indispensable, and the people we think don’t know what they’re doing, we spend extra time training, while those who are knowledgeable in their tasks need no extra training.
So God has called us together as a team and provided each of us what we need, so that none should feel superior to anyone else, but that we should have equal respect for each other. If any one of us is injured, we all suffer; when some of us complete a project, we all rejoice with them.
For we are a team. Each one of us is part of the team.