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01 July 2014

Up in the Air

I don't have a bucket list, but if I did, painting the second story of a house from a boom would be on it. Last week, I got to check that experience off of the non-existent bucket list. It was like a free carnival ride and it was awesome.

Angel operating the boom, and obviously, those are ladders, not me, in the boom. I couldn't take a picture of myself up there.
 
Angel and I had the opportunity to join in on a community work project put together by my grandparents' church. If you've ever heard of the city of Flint, you know its reputation--but Flint is one of my many homes. This church is located very close to downtown Flint, and about 8 years ago some of the members who work in construction had the idea that one of the most effective ways that this church could make an impact in their own community was to help their neighbors in a very practical way: By spending a week every summer taking on home improvement projects for local homeowners who lack the financial or physical means to perform needed improvements on their own homes.

Every year, the teams managed to tackle projects on about 8 to 10 houses in the neighborhood--we specialize in putting on new roofs, painting houses, and rebuilding rotting porches or stairways. I am so grateful that this group has seen a need in their own community and figured out a way to meet that need and be a blessing to the people around them using the skills they have. A lot of people who see us working on the houses ask why and what we're doing--to me, one of the best explanations is found in Micah 6:8,

"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Justice, mercy, and humility--that's what we're supposed to be about. This work project allows us to make friends with people living near the church building and meet their physical needs while also letting them know that the reason why we do what we do is because of what Jesus did for us. This is my third year joining in on the work project. Angel cares, perhaps a little too much, for his wife's physical safety, so I didn't join any of the roofing teams at his order (I was only standing on a roof to paint the side of the house). I got to work on three different homes that were painted. Angel couldn't stay the whole week since he had to go back to the hospital to work, but he was able to be there for a couple days.




People like Angel and I just provide the muscle for the project, and that's easy (or, in my case, it's less muscle and more just a stubborn willingness to work). Leaders of this project take on all the huge and complicated tasks of deciding which projects to take on, acquiring supplies and equipment, getting permits, and organizing teams to complete the labor on time. I am inspired by the people who have the vision to keep this project happening every year and the mark that it leaves on Flint is plain to see.

I feel like most of the time, the only Christians you hear about are the ones who get into big trouble because they aren't living out what they claim to believe. I simply want to say a thank you to those who are willing to put their time and money where their mouth is. These guys actually DO what they believe, and I'm glad to know them.

21 comments :

  1. I love doing things like this - our church started maybe 3 years ago doing an "in town missions trip" which includes offering home improvement for locals. it's great!

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  2. What an amazing project to be a part of! Such a great way to bless people and show them God's love while you work! :) Our church partners with habitat for humanity each summer and Jared and I are hoping to volunteer a couple days this month with their current house project!

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  3. What a great project to use your muscles! I did something similar last year for a organization to build a house and I never knew landscaping was such hard work. We literally moved dirt the whole day and my body was so achy afterwards but it felt so good to do something for the community.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  4. so neat you had the opportunity to help!!

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  5. I don't have a bucket list either. You look so cute painting. You can do it all I swear. =)

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  6. I love that you are able to get out and make such a big difference for your community. Keep up the great work!

    http://howtomakehome.blogspot.com

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  7. You would NOT find me up in a cherry picker. Noooo way. I'm not a fan of heights, especially things that sway in the wind!

    But I like your words about living out your faith and showing through actions.

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  8. Good for you guys!! I don't love to sweat, but I am always happy to offer a little muscle to groups like this. Glad you guys were involved with this! :)

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  9. This is wonderful!! Go you two! xo

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  10. This is so awesome, Rachel! You guys are really inspiring to help out in such a practical way.

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  11. Wow! What an amazing project, Rachel. How great that both of you can work together to help.

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  12. How awesome! What an amazing project to work on together!!
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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  13. This is just so awesome in so many ways! There is no better way to love than just by being practical and helping. I also think that when you serve in such practical ways it opens doors to share the gospel.

    I also love Micah 6:8 - that's the verse I wrote down in January to try and focus on throughout the year.

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  14. keep walking your talk! this is really encouraging! :)
    stopping by from jack of all trades link up.
    www.soaringupinsunshine.blogspot.com

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  15. It is so easy to forget that we have such a huge mission field here at home! I loved reading this.

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  16. Hi Angel, Stopping in from Word Filled Wednesday where you were my neighbor. That would scare me to death being on that boom. My husband and I participated in Neighbors Helping Neighbors in our community and it was one of the most rewarding things we've ever done. Everyone should get involved - at least once.

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  17. Sorry Rachel, ha ha, I had Angel stuck in my head and that's what I typed - LOL.

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  18. Hi Rachel, I am visiting you from the Word Filled Wednesday. Love these days to just visit with some wonderful bloggers. Thanks for sharing your home missions experience. http://www.chrismalkemes.com

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  19. How fun to help someone out AND get to ride in a bucket!!! Visiting from The SITS this morning. Have a great weekend! Blessings!

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