Friday, March 15, 2013

One Makeover

I am always looking for a volunteer opportunity that can include my kids.  I am a firm believer in helping others because my parents worked hard to give us opportunities to give back.  My oldest is only four so it has been difficult to find the right fit.  But, like always, God dropped one into my lap.

You have seen all of those makeover shows, right?  Extreme Home Makeover finds needy families and completely revamps their homes.  What Not to Wear finds women who need a complete style and self confidence overhaul.  We love to watch broken things be fixed.  We love feeling like simple changes can make a big difference.  There is a guy at my church named Ken Wagner and he is taking this concept to a rundown church in Nokomis, FL and giving it a brand new life.

We had worked with this church before when we needed to find a gospel choir for an event last spring.  Our town is not exactly diverse and this was not an easy task.  Ken finally found the only black church in town and befriended their preacher and their members.  They agreed to sing at our event and continue to bless us with their boisterous and joyful voices.  You can feel their faith when they sing.  It is impossible to not feel energized by their spirits.  Their building, however is literally crumbling around them.

When Ken visited them early this year, he saw the floorboards coming up at the seams.  He noticed mold inching its way up the drywall.  He saw their makeshift kitchen that was built out of a closet being used to feed hungry people every week despite its limitations.  And he made a decision to help.  

He reached out to an organization called One Christ One City that has a mission to unite area churches in worthwhile causes.  While none of them have the funds for such an undertaking, every pastor was on board 100%.  And while nothing formal has been announced, donations of people's time, talents and treasures are pouring in.  The entire air conditioning system has been donated.  The flooring has been donated. The landscaping has been donated.  And everyone that hears about it wants to be on board.  But there is still so much to be done.

My family and I will be volunteering a few Saturday mornings a month.  We might just be carrying wood or planting flowers but my hope is that my boys will see what it means to help out their community.  If you live in the area and would like to volunteer, you can sign up here.  I would love to see you there!  Donations are welcome as well. I will share pictures of our Saturday adventures as we have them.  

How do you teach your kids to give back? What great opportunities can you share with us?

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