As part of our caring for our community, the Lord enabled us to significantly renovate the faculty room at our high school during the 1984-85 school year. The room had become run down and looked more like a storage room than a place for the teachers and staff to relax and be refreshed.

We were granted permission to clean out the accumulated debris, remove the tattered carpet, and do a major overhaul of the entire room. A distinct kitchen area was created, a new counter top was fashioned over existing cabinets to create a badly needed large work surface, run-down furniture was retired and replaced, a new carpet installed, and the bathroom was given a major face lift with new wall paper, inlaid linoleum floor, and fresh paint. The “faculty room” was transformed into an attractive and restful faculty lounge.

All of this work was a blessing for us in the doing, but more importantly, it conveyed a message of God’s love and care. We were graced to be able to put 1 John 3:16-18 into action, even in something so practical as this:

“We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”

Although this work was redone last year as part of a school-wide building and renovation program, we have watched this expression of God’s love, sown in the Spirit and in the natural, bear fruit in the lives of many people over the years.