Mission Madness was very successful. A lot of people showed up ready and willing to work. Grace & Main was leading four of the projects on Saturday. The first project was a community garden on Broad Street. Four raised gardens were built using 2×10’s, fill dirt, and the “fancy dirt” on top. The project is still in the works, and there will be photos coming soon of the final result. The second project was sewing tote bags. When my group visited their work site, you could hear a pin drop (pun intended). The ladies were working so hard on this project that there was very little talking. You could tell that they were really into it and totally focused on the task at hand. Once the tote bags were together, they were filled with toiletry items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.). A special Thank You to Abingdon Place for donating the contents of the tote bags. The bags will be distributed to those that really need them in our community. The third project was a painting project. Several gathered on North Main Street to paint the inside of a home. The owner of the home was very appreciative of all the hard work that took place. The fourth project took place on Jefferson Street in what is known as the “Stucco Building”. There, we cleaned 3 apartments that had been left in a rather rough condition after the tenants left. The work could not have been done by one person, so the owner of the apartments was very grateful of our efforts.
Each project was successful and memorable. The youth from CBFVA Mission Madness left with a feeling of accomplishment, knowing that their efforts helped in ways that they couldn’t begin to imagine. A tree starts with a seed. They planted the seed and Danville is now growing because of it. Videos will be coming soon and will be posted on our website. Stay tuned to see first hand what God has been up to. If you would like to get involved with future projects, please see our contact page. Extra hands are always helpful.
The ability to stick to a task or project until completion is a valuable trait in a world where many tasks are difficult and don’t go smoothly the first time around. Thomas Edison is said to have tried literally thousands of materials for the filament of the electric light bulb before hitting on carbonized cotton thread as the proper material. How much longer would humans have toiled in darkness had it not been for his dogged persistence? Indeed, it could be argued that civilization would not be possible without this virtue. Perseverance is undoubtedly a useful virtue, but we must be careful that we don’t fall into perseveration, the knee-jerk repetition of a particular response, even when that response is not working. So, we should be smart in our persistence and keep at it, but don’t continue “beating our head against the wall” when our approach is not working. We should be willing to modify our approach and think about what is required to solve our problem. And remember that in some areas of life, such as working with people, patience and persistence are especially called for. Recall that when Jesus was asked how many times we should forgive our brother who has sinned against us, He is effectively saying that we should never stop forgiving.
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”
R.S.V. Matthew 18:21-22
Source: Metro Creative Connection