Love Your Neighbor
It’s our second day on our work sites and it feels like we’ve been here for weeks! We have completed projects at our homes and are trudging on in sweat and fatigue to accomplish the tasks set before us.
But today we were challenged by each other to not miss the people we are serving. To not let the business of work and our minds set on a goal to miss the chance at relationship with the people whom Jesus has sent us here to connect with.
Today I want to share with you personally, from my laptop to your screen. Yesterday and today I have been traveling to the 5 work sites to capture photographs of the trip, which may be the hardest job I have ever taken on with a mission trip. I can swing a hammer and enjoy working on projects, so missing that has been difficult. But every morning, I spend my time with my team at our site and I have had the privilege of sharing a seat at Ms. Karen’s kitchen table where she has absolutely opened her home and her heart to myself and others. We have sat and talked about family, jobs, futures, sickness, health, hobbies, pets, men, church and God. She truly has become a loved one to me and through her the Lord has challenged me to see people as He sees them, through all the stuff, through any circumstances, simply as a beloved individual.
I can’t tell you enough how much of a blessing it has been to see our team of 37 and each of the individuals on it, working at their sites and ministering to the families who live there. We’ve made relationships that will last and continue to impact us as we move on from Weston. Alas, our work week is not complete. We are adventuring into canoes tomorrow to enjoy a beautiful free day and will wrap up with a hard push on Thursday at our sites.