Greetings from Mid-Ohio Valley Work Camp in Parkersburg, West Virginia!
Well, we are almost ready to put Tuesday to bed. Not literally, the younger generation will be catching their second wind soon. They will be working as hard at having fun as they worked earlier when they were painting houses. We made really good progress on our house today. Hopefully, I’ll have time to post a few pictures later on. If I do the link will be HERE.
— God is doing great things in the communities in which we are working. The flickering flame that began burning in the hearts of a few people many years ago is pushing back the darkness at 40 work sites this year. It feels wonderful to be part of something that so clearly is God’s doing. To God be the glory!
— At this very moment, Willis Haviland Carrier is one of my favorite historic figures! He is known as “The Father of Cool“. About 105 years ago his first air conditioning unit went into operation in Brooklyn, New York. I’m glad many took hold of this technology. I’m especially glad that the unit cooling my dorm room is working well at this moment. It was hot-hot-hot today!
— Even when it’s hot, people can be cool. Today we had an interesting thing happen at our site. We were expecting someone to arrive with popsicles around 2:30. We planned our afternoon devotional around this. Well, just after we started our devotional a woman walked up and started passing out popsicles. The timing wasn’t quite right, but we made the best of it. We kept singing. She gave popsicles to all takers. Before we knew it, she was gone. Shortly after that, the popsicles we were expecting arrived. When we got to talking about it, no one on either of the teams that are working at side-by-side sites had any idea who the first woman was. People can be cool, can’t they?
— Oh! I almost forgot. On our way to the site this morning one of our team members was certain he knew a “short cut” to the home we are working on. So, being the fan of short cuts that I am, we took it. And then, after driving down the wrong road for about one quarter of a mile, we turned our two-vehicle caravan around and got back on the right road. Lot’s of spiritual applications here, aren’t there? One thing I decided when we took the road (and I suspected it would lead us down the wrong path), was to get some spiritual mileage out of the experience. It was a two minute detour that was well worth the time.
— Did I mention that it was really hot today? I won’t belabor the point, but when the temperature is hot, interactions between people seem to heat up too. Thankfully, we did not have any major incidents today. But, I could tell that people were getting a little testy. I’m hoping tomorrow will go at least as well as today, maybe even better? Let’s pray about this, okay?
— Our homeowner joined us for our devotional today. I’m not at liberty to give many details here. I can tell you that she is a sweetheart. When we talked about Jesus’ compassion, her eyes began to water. When we talked about how much Jesus cares for everyone, everywhere in the world, she had a big smile on her face. When we talked about God possibly using the work His children are doing in her neighborhood to bring many of her neighbors into Christ’s kingdom, she said, “That’s exciting!” Please pray for her as well.
That’s it for now! It’s almost time for our midnight devotional. Lord willing, I’ll have time to post something again tomorrow.
Blessings to all,