Maine - Tuesday, July 25th
You don’t have to do something big to make a big difference.
Today most of the team went to work on an old house in the community. Yesterday we weed whacked so that we could get to where the work needed to be done. Today we found many nests of bees, wasps or hornets while we worked. We had people up on a lift painting two sides of the house. While that was happening, another team on the back pulled a shed off the end of the house.
First, we tried a hammer to remove the shed. That didn’t work. Then we went to a crowbar. It did better than the hammer by itself, but it didn’t get us very far. So then we tried whacking the crowbar. Then we took the lightbulbs out. When we were doing that, we realized that there was a chain attached to a cross beam in the shed. So we pulled the chain with the truck. And then the shed came right off.
One thing that was really neat about this is that our team was working side by side with people from the community who either don’t come to church or have just started to come to church.
The homeowner doesn’t like to put his dog outside when we work because he is worried that the dog, Holly, will get in the way. So I watched Holly while everyone worked on painting the house. Holly is really nervous around people but also excited by all the people. She was going up to everybody wanting to sniff and say hello. But I rubbed her belly and she was happy and stayed out of the way.
At the end of the work day, the homeowner looked at me and his dog Holly and said with a huge smile on his face, “You love your job, don’t you?” And he was right.