Monday, February 21, 2011

God's Team

Last June a large branch tumbled out of a treetop, striking our longtime maintenance director, Roger Robinson, in the head and sending him to the hospital for the duration of the summer. Even after he returned home at the end of our busiest season, Roger was unable to return to work, and we were left wondering how we could possibly find someone who could fill in and take leadership of our maintenance issues.

A short time later, God sent Art Reagle our way. Art had previously worked with some friends of ours at a camp in New York and later at a camp in Hickory, NC. He came by for a visit and decided that he would be willing to volunteer every other week to help us with our maintenance needs. Art has a real gift for coordinating volunteers and soon was planning a big work day with several of his friends from the Christian Motorcyclists Association.

When the day came last month for these volunteers to arrive, we were all quickly amazed at how much they were able to carry out in such a short time. Art had people spread out all over camp, cutting down dead trees, grinding up stumps, tearing down an old shed, cleaning up one building, clearing out another building, repairing some air conditioning and heating problems, and performing maintenance on our tractors and mowers.

Art (blue jacket) with a few of the many CMA volunteers

By the time the day was finished, more had been accomplished than we could even have imagined. But that’s just how God works, isn’t it? Ephesians 3:20-21a says, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory…” We praise God for what he accomplished through Art and all of the CMA volunteers that day. What a blessing!

God has put together a great team through whom He works in this ministry, but it’s not just the staff members. All the volunteers who spend as little as one hour or as much as a full day are vital members of that team. And our supporters are vital members of that team as well. Whether they send a small donation or large, every member of this team is important, and we deeply appreciate all of them.