by Anna Sherod - Kingdom Workers Apache Mission Field Manager
While serving a few weeks this fall with Kingdom Workers Builders For Christ volunteers on the Apache mission in Peridot,I’ve seen that Kingdom Workers is not primarily about bringing talented contractors, carpenters, plumbers, and handymen together around a building. It’s about brothers and sisters joining a community to sweat, laugh, learn, and grow together as the Church with a capital C. We who “come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him” are “also, like living stones, being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
During the parsonage refurbishment in Peridot, there were conversations laden with grace around every corner. On the third day of working with some young men from the congregation, their Auntie stopped by to pick them up. From the porch of the house, she looked out at them in the yard and smiled: What a blessing it was for them to learn painting and maintenance skills, to do something active, and be surrounded by a Christian community! She confided that the boys had been adopted, plucked out of a situation where they had forgotten entirely how to play and interact, due to neglect. I looked up as we talked, over at the boys chiseling some tufa stone to build a fire pit. Those boys? They were grinning, joking with the build’s project manager. They fit stones together, taping them together to make something beautiful and useful. Praise God for their Auntie, her love and patience, and the small part that our Kingdom Workers group has been able to play in encouraging these resilient, funny young men over the last few weeks. Their Auntie and the boys have been encouraging to us in equal measure as they gave up their weekends to help get the yard and house in shape for a new called worker on the Apache mission. We all have stories and hurts. The human condition in a fallen world ensures that. The boys’ story is just one example on this build amid each of our stories of human brokenness. The stones of the Church that surround the Capstone are beat up, but they fit perfectly together because God is our “project manager.” “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Praise God for these chances, these encouraging glimpses of his children working together to build the Church, to build each other up. Pray that we will never lose sight of this idea of mutual encouragement and partnership, and that we will have many more chances to build up and be built up here in Arizona.
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