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 Gods love and care. We were graced to be
able to put 1 John 3:16-18 into action, even in something so practical
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 Gods
love, sown in the Spirit and in the natural, bear fruit in the lives of
many people over the years.