As I left the build site at the end of the workday, I was stunned by the transformation that had taken place in just one day.
I was one of several who signed up to work the first of TUMC’s three work days for this spring’s Habitat for Humanity Methodist Build. When we first arrived to the site that morning, it consisted of a foundation, a skeleton of a building, and little else (at least, to my untrained eyes). Yet by the time we had finished for the day, the structure was starting to resemble the home that it will soon become for a family who desperately needs a safe, sturdy place to live and grow.
I’m far from handy, which is why it felt at times like the team was making progress despite my presence rather than because of it, yet our collective efforts made a huge impact that day. We hung house wrap. We mounted trusses. We hammered siding to the frame. We painted. We sealed and installed windows. It was real progress, and it was all due to the aggregation of many small efforts. A collection of small sacrifices of time and effort by just a few members of our Methodist family resulted in a family in our community being closer to having a home. And that’s what this build is all about—working together as a church family to serve our community.