SERVE::appalachia – day two

DSC00461first things first: thanks to tracie buckley for getting this team to appalachia. back in the winter, i mentioned the desire to offer a SERVE opportunity to this area of the country. i barely knew tracie, and she wasn’t really yet involved at THD, but she came to me after worship and said, “i know this place…”

i asked her to lead us to these mountains, and she has done an outstanding job! every detail has been tended to. all arrangements made. and she even brought a coffeemaker with GREAT COFFEE! way to go tracie! you are MVP all the way.

as lead pastor, it’s my desire to do very little ministry. i know that sounds odd, especially if you have a church background where the pastor made all the decisions and did all the work. but paul reminds us in ephesians 4 that every one of us is called to ministry. i believe a strong part of my calling is in helping you find yours. even this week, i am just a member of a team. not in charge. not the boss. not responsible for anything, except evening bible discussion time with the adults, and even then, only because it’s my gift.

all this is to say, if you are a Christ-follower, and if Threshold is your base of operation, then hear me when i tell you that i want you to chase your passion for serving others in whatever way God has gifted you. and i, and our staff want to help you do so in any way we can. if you have a vision for something that fits out vision of WORSHIP + CELLS + SERVICE, let us know and we will empower you to lead us into it!

now, on to the day….

ryan didn’t lose his finger. three stitches and a lot of pain and blood, but he still has it. and he points to Jesus a lot due to the wrap!  we’ve just returned to camp due to some mountain rain, but today was another productive day all around.

here are the projects we are accomplishing:

1. replacement of windows and siding on a trailer

2. replacement of kitchen floor and plumbing in another home

3. new vinyl skirting around a trailer home

4. a new shed from scratch behind a home

5. construction of new tables for the camp

we’ll be off for a free day tomorrow, but here is our daily schedule for M/T/TH/F this week:

6:30 – rise and shine

7:00 – morning devotions outside, over looking the mountains and valley

8:00 – breakfast

9:00 – work begins at the sites

11:30 – lunch at camp

12:30 – back to work

4:30 return to camp to clean up and relax

5:30 – dinner

7:00 – camp program

8:00 – THD bible study

9:00 – free time

11:00 – lights out

today, anna writes, “not only do i feel like i am doing God’s work, but i am building stronger relationships with people from our own church community.”

we really are having a tremendous time. working hard. getting to know one another better. feeling the Lord’s presence in ways we rarely do at home. i can’t encourage you enough to plan to be on this trip next year. or plan to head to costa rica this december – there’ll be a meeting on sunday, august 9 with details.

we know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. so we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. if someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.     – 1 john 3.16-18

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