|Opening Day! AFCers, helpers, students and |
children stand around the new playground.
The first and largest leg of our mission trip has now concluded with the completion of the Kranuan Church of Christ playground. Our goal was that the church could use it as a ministry tool after we left, but the construction process became a ministry tool in itself. One day two little girls from the neighborhood stopped at the church to observe and talk to us; they ended up returning every day after and then also attended their first church service with us! It was an interesting experience with them- on site they were able to lend a hand with some tasks, yet there were some instances of mischief including (but not limited to) a mysterious mishap with some blue paint and my camera’s memory card getting wiped. However, even the mishaps could not touch the indescribable joy of showing love and knowing God could be planting seeds in their lives through the influence of the church and us. We also invited our students from the Kranuan Community School to attend the playground’s grand opening on Sunday. I estimate that close to 70 students showed up with the majority attending church and several wanting to know more about the Gospel! WHOOP
In addition to all that, building the playground was a very meaningful personal experience for me. The first reason for this is that I love to work with my hands; with my agriculture background, tasks such as digging, setting posts, drilling, hammering, painting, etc. are all familiar to me and I find them “pleasant as well as challenging.”1 The second reason for this is the association with my late father, who was a custom home builder and contractor. Everything I know and love about building comes from my time spent with him at the ranch and on the job site; I love the fact that, by extension, God is still using the influence of my dad’s life to do His work. I could feel Dad there through every stage of the process and know that he would be proud.
So, while we were building the playground, God was building both His kingdom and the hearts of His workers. How great it the Lord!
For every playground² is built by someone, but the Lord is the builder of everything.
Gig ‘Em & God Bless,
Darcy Rae Jacoby
1From the second paragraph of the FFA Creed
²The bible actually says “house” instead of “playground”