It’s a pretty typical thing to do on a one week mission trip it seems – paint. One would think it’s pretty inconsequential, something the person/pastor there didn’t have time to do…or maybe even the money.
In this case, it was perhaps a fraction of the previous statement but more about building relationships. This area apparently has struggled with some disunity among the local churches and this particular pastor had given a little of a cold shoulder to Mr. Bill. But they were working on it and painting Pastor Luis’ church meant so much to him!
Not only did we help build a relationship there, this was some of our first team activities and building our strength as a team. Each person had their task – cutting in, rolling, clean up…some were chosen and some were offered to let others do something else they preferred. Together, we accomplished much!
On one day we finished just before it started raining. There were people at the bus stop on the corner and when it down poured, we invited them to come under the awning. Peggy had been asking George how he’d evangelize someone and here was a perfect opportunity. I offered to translate and we talked with the kids before we played 4-Square. When the bus came, we said “bye” and invited them to come to church in a couple days to hang out with us again.