Friday, March 25, 2016

This Community We Call ReBUILD

And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord's Supper, and share their meals with great joy and generosity-all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.~ Acts 2:44-47

The Scripture above has been part of my dream since we started putting things in place to form this community called ReBUILD. When we first started we had no idea what it would like. Two years later we still don't know what a lot of it looks like. But we move forward trusting God that He'll give us the answers when we need them. Still, I always knew I wanted this community that came together to help each other. To love each other. To support each other. To feed each other. To have each others backs. A group that lived in very close community so that we could be right there to help each other when a need came up. I believe that is a very biblical concept. Over the past two years, we have worked to build relationships with people so that when a need arose they knew they could come to us and we would do all that we could to help them.

A group of us want to live on the ReBUILD property. We want to be there 24/7.....because really isn't that what community is? Our desire has never been to just show up hand out food and go home to our cushy houses. The desire has always been to live in the community.  Living together day in and day out. Sharing in the good times and the not so good times. Lifting each other up when we can't stand on our own. We're not there yet. We're getting close.....all we need is one shower in one building and we're set =)! We were given the opportunity this week to come together as this community to help one of our own. A lady that we work with has four children. The oldest was having back surgery at 6am yesterday (Thursday). That meant she was going to have to drag four children (ages 10, 9, 7 and 4) to the hospital to sit for the day. We knew we couldn't let that happen. Would you want to sit with 3 young boys at the hospital all day? Nah, me either! So....this is what our team did...Kayla- "I'll take one". Other Kayla- "I'll take one", Me- "I'll take one". There was no hesitation. There was no "I don't think so" or "I'm too busy". We jumped in and we did it! This is what was said "We're like a little family. This is what we do." Child that had the surgery had to stay overnight rather than outpatient. You know what we did? We each kept our M a second night....because that's what community does. That's what family does.

There's not much traditional about anything we do. This ministry. This life. This community. This family. We do not agree on everything each other says or does. We have loud, large, disagreements that involve words that you don't want to read.....but at the end of the day we are family! We are here for each other. We are this community called ReBUILD.