It was a great day at the work site. The first day of these builds is always exciting with the new houses rising from their foundations. It’s pretty spectacular—the day begins with slabs and ends with structures.
I actually got to do some real construction work today. I’ve been going to builds for 20 years, but I’ve always had some sort of leadership role that kept me busy behind the scenes. Today I built, and I have a whole new level of respect for our faithful volunteers—I came home exhausted!
All of the houses but one had their walls raised and their roof trusses set by the end of the day—the Amish, always over performers, had their roof decked and felted. The one exception was house number two, my house. We got the walls up and the roof trusses laid out, but we didn’t have them set. But we’re a bunch of old timers and we’ve grown beyond feeling competitive. We will have our work cut out for us tomorrow—we’re hoping for some young folks to come and help.
The real joy of these events isn’t in the spectacular construction feats, though. It’s in being with the many volunteers who travel from across the country to work together working with folks that need a little help. Our volunteers cover their own travel and lodging expenses and pay a fee to help with site costs. They spend a week of their lives doing incredibly hard work all because they believe it when the Lord says that we should lend a hand to the poor. They are true saints, and I’m proud to be working with them.
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