We are happy to announce that last week, we completed the work needed to make the Grayling house habitable for the winter. The yield of James’ long work days: the basement walls have a “bandaid” applied that will keep the cold and moisture out, the chimney for the woodstove in the basement has been repaired, a fuel tank and oil stove has been installed to provide heat to the house, the plumbing has been repaired, and a propane on-demand water heater has been installed. The night before we left, we all enjoyed hot showers and a warm comfortable house!
A lot of village life is making do with what is available. The work on the house is no different. Most of the work on the house was accomplished through materials that were on hand in the village. Lumber, plywood, insulation, plumbing supplies, spare chimney sections—most were already on site from past projects or otherwise collected over the years. When you go into a village, you might see a lot of broken down equipment or piles of old materials. This is not by accident. Often those old remains have valuable parts that will help in making something else function again. This is also true spiritually. Sometimes we get used to shiny, new churches and programs and look at the past as an old relic. It may be that the past can provide just the right part to make what we have function again. Please pray for us to have wisdom in sorting through the piles of past ministry to know how to recover what is useful.