I have been painting shirts tonight....one for each member of my mission trip team. The mission trip is June 23-26. We are going to a rescue mission called Grace Centers of Hope, about an hour away. We are going to work inside a house where four graduates of the program live. They lived in the mission for a year, learned to get and keep a job, to keep their finances, they gained skills, and learned to rely on Jesus. They have graduated from that program and now live in a house where they pay rent with money earned at a job.
They are holding it together. They don't have much. They keep what they own in boxes. Their furniture is broken down and leftover from somebody's 1870's or 80s home. They don't have lamps or art. And they have worked for every single thing they have. They have come far and have amazing stories to tell.
We will go into that house and give them new carpet, paint all of the walls, bring in new furniture, and hang new curtains and some art. We will do everything we can to leave their home a place that feels like a home, a sanctuary.
There will be much encouragement that week... for the house residents, for the staff at GCH, and for us. To those of you who bought bird jewelry, you have done a really good thing. Your contribution will make a big difference in the lives of four men who are still working hard to make those lives into something they can be proud of. Thank you!
If you have not seen it yet, go to my mission trip blog and see the pics of the house: www.divinedesignbirdhouse.blogspot.com.
Here's what I think. God has put each of us on this earth to do His work. He called each of us to this. He called me to lead the team, He called team members to paint and hang curtains, He might have called you to buy jewelry or pray for the mission trip. I am glad to be in this with you.