In 1Corinthians 3:5-9 Paul writes about how each of us has a part to play in God's work in our world. I am seeing that concept lived-out this week at Camp Wherry- our annual youth mission trip to the Wherry Housing Cooperative outside Smyrna TN.
As John Key, director of Community Servants, told our folks about how one of the units we are working on would most likely house a refugee family and another would provide affordable housing for a widow I could see eyes opening and wheels turning in the minds of our youth. They would most likely never see the end result of their labor or meet the families that would call these places home. Another group will pick-up next week where we leave the project until someone is handed a set of keys. We are a part of something far bigger than "us" this week. That's kingdom-building!
I am reminded that our work would not be possible without the labor provided by many of you before we even left home. You might not see the red-brick units or receive the gift of a smile from the child but you have played a part by praying for us, baking desserts, browning meats, rolling sausage balls, writing Bible stories, donating materials, supplying scholarships, and giving to our church budget.
There is no difference between the one who plants and the one who waters; God will reward each one according to the work they have done. For we are partners together with God. 1Corinthians 3:8-9a