Gallup Missions:Day 4
Our mission efforts are drawing close to an end as we finished day four. Many of the work crew were able to finish their projects today. Praise God! What a great accomplishment God provided. The teams who finished early in the day were reassigned to other work sites to help.
There are still many roofing projects struggling to be completed, including my own crew’s project. Our assignment this week has been to replace roofing on a small home and carport, along with painting of the trim. Our team completed the carport, and the painters made great strides today. Even the roof team was able to install shingles on one side of the house. But, as we began to remove the newer looking shingles from the other side, we found that half of the roof was rotting out. At the same time, winds picked up and blew old roofing material all over the block and into each other. It was late in the day, and if we were not able to get new lumber, we were not going to have the house finished by deadline tomorrow. The paint crew, as well, had some struggles of their own. It was a real breaking point where patience began to wane and the tiredness took over. However, God provided lumber quickly and the crew chief and a few others were able to go back to the site later this evening and prepared it for shingles tomorrow. With a little help from some of the other crews, and a lot of help from God, all the projects should complete tomorrow.
What I have found interesting this week is the group dynamics. We have each been placed in a group where most everyone else was a stranger on Monday. To see relationships being formed with just a handful of people and watch them grow has been just amazing to me. Today we worked and interacted as if we had come from the same town or even church. As a matter of fact, Jared Doxey said, “I don’t like roofing. But I would roof if I had the same team I have been with this week.” I couldn’t agree more. It is also exciting to see our own team interact and encourage one another. Tonight at church devotionals, two of our youth were challenged to share their testimony in three minutes. It was a great to here what they shared, and then for the adults to ask them questions about it. I am really impressed with our team, their willingness to serve, and their flexibility in all circumstances. They have all accepted the challenges presented to them, and have come through with great attitudes and graciousness. I am privileged and honored to serve alongside them.
For worship tonight, we joined in a Concert of Prayer. This involved joining together to take time to pray for the families we are serving, the neighborhood, and the community. We also took time to pray for Bayfield, the schools and students, Colorado, and our church and its impact on our community. It was a great time with the mission team in prayer, one I will not soon forget.
Tomorrow is our last day at the work sites:
- Pray that all the projects will be completed and cleaned up for the families involved.
- Pray for more opportunities to share the Gospel.
- Gordy is not feeling well tonight. Pray that God will remove his symptoms and give him the ability to serve unhindered tomorrow.
- There are many participants in World Changers that need to make a decision for Christ.
- Pray for First Baptist Church, Gallup and the follow up they will have to disciple new believers and complete any projects that may need more work.
We are very excited about what God will do through us tomorrow. Thank you again for your part through thoughts and prayers.