By Emily M.
Once the sill was lined and leveled out, the subfloor could be built. Then from there we could begin framing out the walls. Today's was complicated because of the windows that are framed in. This wall faces the Rocky Mountains, so the windows are merited, though they made things go slower than a plain ole windowless wall.
As an aside, Chris built a great "trap door"-style entrance to the crawl space underneath the subfloor. This came in handy today because Dan had to crawl under there to search for the room key I requested prayers for yesterday. And he found it! Praise God, and thank you for praying!
These families stay at one church for a week at a time. This is helpful to have a "home base" to go job hunting from, but moving so frequently is a challenge for the kids who are in the program. And there is an eight week limit on each family. This is an area Soaring Wings Ministries is hoping to address, to be able to provide a longer-term home for a family after their time with FFH.
Dinner consisted of hot dogs, broccoli and pasta salads, corn on the cob, and cake for dessert. We dined with three families, with six kids aged 18 months through about 15 years old. Several members of the CO:Mission team got to chat with these families over a meal. This is another critical part of the Soaring Wings vision - dining together allows us to share an experience and grow closer together.
Tonight, though, they just got to be kids.
The title of the lunchtime devotions for today was "Your Hurt in My Heart". We frequently find ourselves qualifying our compassion for people. I know I've thought it before: "I would give that panhandler a dollar, but he'll probably just buy drugs." Or, "That guy has a cell phone. Why is he in the line at the rescue mission?" I've passed a judgment on the person in need, and in doing so I placed conditions on my compassion. Jesus did not operate that way. In Mark 8:2 Jesus said:
I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat.
The Rennells felt called to start Soaring Wings Ministries. Anita said today that their strategy is simple: They see the need and they respond to the need. "It's not complicated!" Their mantra is to give like Jesus did, with an open hand and a compassionate heart. I will share the prayer we prayed at the end of the devotion, and I encourage you to pray it with me:
"Lord, You are such a caring and compassionate Savior! Forgive me for my self-centered thoughts and actions. Let me grow to be more like You and to see the opportunities You give me to be caring and helpful to the people in my life. Amen."