Your 2016 Crafton Heights Texas Mission Team has hit the ground running with a day of work in the Rio Grande Valley. Our brothers and sisters here in the Valley have asked us to assist in the completion of a house for a family that has been through significant trauma. Some years ago, a group of thugs invaded the home and did despicable things, culminating in the burning of the house. For a while, the family was reeling – resulting in family members seeking refuge in various areas of the country as well as serving in the US Armed Forces. The land remained, however, and in the last several years this family has sought to create a new beginning. Several churches have come together in a variety of ways and made a wonderful beginning on a three bedroom home. Progress was slowed when the area was flooded last year, but our hope is to go the last mile and make it as habitable as possible with four days of our labor.
Have you ever tried to weed someone else’s garden, or put together a puzzle that someone else has started? Have you tried to cook in someone else’s kitchen, or find a tool in someone else’s cellar? That’s what it’s like to come into a situation like this: you see a task done, or half-done, and say to yourself, “what were they thinking when they did THIS?” Sooner or later you just dig in and say, “Decisions were made…how are we going to move this to the next place?”
To that end, today a few of us spent hours in the 91 degree heat completing the siding on the outside. This involved some carpentry, some geometry, and some creative thinking. Meanwhile, Gabe worked to establish an electrical system in the home while Bob and Nemorio took charge of the plumbing in the bathroom. As has become customary in recent years, our friends from the First Presbyterian Church brought us lunch on site – some amazing 16 bean soup/Mulligan stew along with fresh bread, homemade jam, and homemade chocolate chip cookies.
We returned to “home base” around 5, where Nemorio whipped up some Salisbury Steaks and mashed potatoes for us, and then we dove into our evening conversation and devotional. More about that later this week.
For now, we ask your prayers for the family that will use this home – pray for healing and reunion. We ask your prayers for the congregations that support us here this week. And we ask you to join us in gratitude and celebration for the opportunity to share this time with each other and these friends.