By Emily M.
The "inside" crew made more blankets and continued with the chicken care and kitchen cleanup tasks we've been doing most of the week. We are leaving Soaring Wings with many Blessing Bags pre-made and enough supplies to make a lot more. Anita and Meredith got to use Anita's new KitchenAid stand mixer today to make gluten-free shortcake and homemade whipped cream. The stand mixer was a gift to the ministry to help with food preparation for the many meals they prepare for the homeless and for volunteers each week. The mixer will also help with the cooking the Rennells and Meredith plan to do with the future residents of the addition.
The next steps are to put on trusses and exterior "house armor" (my words, not a real contractor's!) like a roof and siding. A group of men from our host church in Fort Collins, Council Tree Covenant Church, with skill in truss work and a desire to help will be out sometime this fall to install the trusses that arrive next week. After that there are some women from Council Tree who will volunteer with Anita on some ranch projects, and Meredith (who coaches field hockey) has some players' moms coming out to help as well.
This is definitely an area that could use prayer, so please be praying that the addition gets finished well. We pray that the people who start on it next will love it and pray over it as much as we do, and that the work will be glorifying to God. The subfloor on Phase 2, which is the other part of the concrete foundation visible in photos, must get finished before winter to avoid any rework in the spring per the excavator's instructions.
Finally, we had dinner with the Rennells and Meredith. Dan and Jim awarded each of us superlatives for the week, with a corresponding Bible verse. Once they send me an email with the scripture references, I'll update this list. But to give you an idea, here are a few that I can remember:
- Anita Rennells received the "Joyful" Award, along with the scripture Psalm 28:7. This fits Anita particularly well because of her positive attitude and her praises to God throughout the week. Though she initially didn't want to leave New Hampshire and it's beauty and homey comforts, she adapted quickly and found things to celebrate about Colorado. Anita is quick with a story to share how God is working in her life!
The Lord is my strength and shield.
I trust him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
Without wise leadership, a nation falls;
there is safety in having many advisers.
Dan and Jim recognized each member of the team for their unique contribution this week. This dovetailed nicely with the devotion today, which said, "God does want us to serve. But He wants us to serve humbly. He does want us to pursue our passions. But with prayer."
We said a tearful goodbye to Ed, Anita, and Meredith today after dinner. Their health, their ministry, and the homeless family that will soon be joining them are in our prayers. Please join us in praying for Ed and Meredith's health situations. We pray that Ed will be healed of the lung ailment he is suffering, and that his doctors' appointments this week about a possible internal bleed (not lung related) are helpful in making progress toward complete health.
Thank you for praying this week. This may be the end of the CO:Mission work in Colorado, but it is not the end of CO:Mission or of the work that needs to be done to "continue to remember the poor." (Galatians 2:10). This is simply the end of the beginning of our personal ministry to the homeless. We are returning to New Hampshire with the perspective that we will have compassion for homeless people because they are God's people. We will strive to love them as Jesus did, meeting them where they are to answer their cries for help. Matthew 25: 35-40 says it best, that what we do for the least of these we are doing for God.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’