“Enjoy the tempo of a God-breathed life by letting Me set the pace. Hold My hand in childlike trust, and the way before you will open up step by step.”
The rains came, and the subcontractors wisely held back to make sure the slab foundation was done correctly.
Quietly, or perhaps not so quietly, we adjusted to plan “B” and got some lumber and went to the parking lot behind our house sponsor Americus First Presbyterian Church. We built the interior walls.
By Friday, the walls did go up.
By Saturday, the roof was on and all went amazingly well.
- In the parking lot, our partner homeowners Thaddeus Harris and Chuck Davis got to meet for the first time
- Tom MacFarland engineered some sawhorses that allowed Thad and Chuck to work together building walls
- The delay freed up representatives from SIPS Team USA who drove up from Bainbridge, Ga. to volunteer to lend their labor and expertise in standing up the exterior walls, a 3,500 laminated support beam, and heavy roof panels
- The delay made it possible for Fuller Center president David Snell to be on site to lead us in devotions on Friday morning. What a joy it was for us to have him celebrate with us!
- Local contractor Rick Arnold offered a previously rented lift to save us at least $1,000 in rental fees
- The owner of a local florist shop, Jerry Dill, was able to volunteer on Friday and Saturday. Recruited by our construction manager David Landis, Jerry did not know at the time that homeowner Thaddeus Harris was one of his employees
- Mennonite Voluntary Service staff, Allen Slabaugh and Alyssa Hostetler and Koinonia Farm’s crew including Craig Martindale, Nashua Chantal, Chuck Wilbanks and Phil Buczek were all available on the weekend. We can honestly say that the roof and walls would still be sitting in a pile without their incredible help in the cold by these angels in work boots
- Members of Americus First Presbyterian Church were available to work alongside the homeowners, volunteers and board members. They even grilled us up some delicious lunch!
The symbolism of walls going up on Martin Luther King’s birthday would have been wonderful, but perhaps not as helpful to Chuck and Thaddeus as was our community coming together a few days later, on God’s time, to build relationships and by building a house.
God’s timing resulted in the manifestation of an important symbol of God’s Kingdom realized a little bit here on earth, in Americus, on Elizabeth Street.
Take a look at some more photos from the day in the brief slideshow below: