Friday, April 6, 2007
During our morning devotions we passed around two Bibles that each person signed. Later when we visited the homes, we gave a Bible to each of the families as a gift from ESUMC.
We had some time to share during our morning devotions and it was very meaningful. There had been some cases where we didn’t quite get the appreciation we expected. We could see parallels to Christ. He did so many things for us and sacrificed for us, but was not appreciated. Then as a perfect dovetail, others in the group had been inspired the previous night to look up a poem attributed to Mother Teresa. You will find it at the bottom of this entry – you’ll see what I mean.
After devotions we did a big group picture and the two teams visited each other’s job sites. Everyone oooh’d and aahh’d over the smooth finish sheetrock work of Rob’s team. Popcorn ceilings had been applied to perfection and the rooms are ready for the next work team to paint. We prayed together over the home and our team before heading out.
After a ride by to see the fishing boats that had been washed ashore nearby, we all headed to the other job site in Biloxi. Anna (homeowner) met us there and brought her mom. It was the first time she had seen it with the finishing touches and the protective coating taken off of the floor. More oooh’s and aahh’s. In previous visits Anna had told us how much her mom liked to sing. Her mom blessed us with a gospel song called “In the Upper Room”. She even had our group singing the chorus background. It was great.
Next we went to visit Mrs. Nellie. ESUMC worked on her home over the two weeks that we had work teams in Mississippi last year. It was wonderful to see her in her home with all her things. She had a special shelf on her bookcase with pictures from the previous ESUMC teams. Then she shared with us how much our church’s work had meant to her. We got it all on video and hope to share it with the church family soon.
It was difficult to leave, but there were flights to catch and packing and cleaning to do before we hit the road back to N.C. Thank you so much for your prayers during the trip. It made all the difference. We will leave you with the poem “Do It Anyway”
In His Service,
Do It Anyway
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
(credited to Mother Teresa – version found written on the wall
in Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta)