By Emily M.
The crew's work today was only possible because of prayer, extraordinarily good communication and the development of some intuition for construction after two days on the site. Thank you for your prayers, and please continue to lift up this team. So far with one exception (cough cough Chris cough) no one has been injured, and even our one exceptional team member will just have a bruise from a fall on the joist. We are so thankful for your prayers!
Today after lunch we had devotions, and we debriefed our time with the homeless yesterday. This was powerful. We had different experiences so it was enlightening to sit together and discuss what happened and what we observed. I encourage you to read my post about it for more information. I tried to take notes on what the team observed and how they reacted, so that you can be a part of what we are experiencing this week. Homelessness is a real problem, and Jesus is the only true, ever-dependable hope we have in this world.
After lunch we got back to work and the Deans showed up for a visit! Pastor Doug, his wife Kim, and their son Nate drove up from Boulder where Nate is starting a PhD program soon. The Deans took time to see the ranch and visit with the Rennells, since the Rennells moved from Colorado from Trinity Bible Church in Sutton, New Hampshire, in 2013. After a tour, they started work on the addition! The Deans stayed through dinner, and it was great to recap the week so far and see friendly faces from home. The Deans' visit was also timely, because we ended up having a team member buy a mitre saw here to assist with the blocking process. The Deans can take it home with them in the truck they drove out to Colorado because the saw would not fit in a checked bag. Praise God for opening doors like this!
Tomorrow we will be continuing with construction and will hopefully make more Blessing Bags. We will also be preparing a meal for homeless families who are staying in churches in the Fort Collins area through Faith Family Hospitality. FFH is a ministry of our host church in partnership with nearly 30 other churches in Fort Collins. Please pray that meal prep and cleanup goes smoothly and more importantly, please pray that our meal time with the families who are served by FFH will be fruitful and filled with God's grace. Thank you!