As I write this we have just celebrated the greatest of Christian holidays, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. What an opportunity this provides for us to consider where we are in life, what we’ve given to get here, and how we can resurrect the innocence of childhood into our frenetic adult lives. In those last hours of Jesus’ life when He was visiting with His closest friends, He gave us a way to do that. His counsel was simple — love one another.
We just spent a week in Louisville with a fine group of partners and friends doing just that. We were rehabilitating six houses that will soon become homes to families with no other way of having a decent place to live. These are families who just need a leg up, the loan of some interest-free capital, and a group of friends to help get the work done. There are families like this around the world who, for whatever reason, don’t have the resources to have a decent place of their own. It is the mission of The Fuller Center for Housing to reach out to as many of those families as we can with an offer of hope.
What made the Millard Fuller Legacy Build such a great success was not simply that a good deal of work was getting done, but the dedication and goodwill of the volunteers who gave of their time and resources to spend a week of hard work, reaching out in love to people in need. It isn’t enough to tell people that we love them — we need to show them that love. That’s the Gospel in action.
These events are like family reunions with old-timers reuniting and newcomers making new friends. There’s even a funny uncle or two to add some spice. Events like these remind me of the tremendous power of this great ministry.
Now we’re all back home, settling again into the routines of daily life. My prayer is that the memory of the time we spent together, living our faith in a truly meaningful way, will linger with us and remind of us the simple joy that comes from loving one another.