Psalm 127: 1Unless the LORD builds a house,
the work of the builders is wasted.
Unless the LORD protects a city,
guarding it with sentries will do no good.
2It is useless for you to work so hard
from early morning until late at night,
anxiously working for food to eat;
for God gives rest to his loved ones.
Recap of June’s work party:
It’s almost ready. Again.
In May, I thought Phase 1 (the demo) was completed. We decided that one last wall and the flooring for the 2 kitchens needed to go as well. So, a little over a week ago we organized a work party in conjunction with Damascus Way, the local Christian based halfway house sponsoring the project. They provided 6 men recently released from prison and we had a few of our own friends and prayer partners to help.
It was great working along side these men from various religious backgrounds. As we were pulling up floors, I began a long and meaningful conversation with one of the residents, V. At one point, he turned and confessed, “you know Tim, I guess I just haven’t found what I’m looking for yet.” Gratefully, I was able to share what he was missing. Myself, V, and another praying friend were able to hold hands and weep together in our broken down kitchen as he surrendered his life to the Lord. I’ve determined that there is no greater joy on this planet than being with someone who is experiencing the Love of Christ for the first time. There is nothing to say…just stand and weep and smile.
This is it
This is exactly what the 810 Project is all about: “Restoring the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the father “(Mal 4). This is a home where men and women are to meet with their Heavenly Father and have their hearts restored unto Him. This isn’t anything that Miah and I can do in our own strength. We simply have a desire for people to meet with God. To experience His love and His mercy is to realize the vanity of everything else. When we sold everything last fall, I was very nervous (and still am) about how everything would turn out. But we’ve determined in our hearts that “Only what’s done in Christ remains”. We want to bear fruit, and fruit that lasts. We want to be one with the Father and walk as Jesus did: in communion with Him. We want Jesus to make His name great in our city. I want people to know Him, and if selling all my worldly possessions gets me closer to that reality, then I say it is worth it.
I’ve had a few well meaning friends/colleagues exhort me to ‘be safe’ as they hear about what we’re doing. My response is that Jesus is not safe. As I re-read the Gospels and Church history I rediscover how violent it is to be in love with Jesus. Jesus never asked us to be safe. He said, ” Luke 9:24~ If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. ”
Paul said, “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Col 3:3
Phil 3:7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith ina Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
I’m becoming more convinced that the path of life is actually very narrow.
Matthew 7: Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Real life is found in absolute surrender. Peace and joy are found in Him. I want to be in Jesus, just as Jesus was in the Father (John 17:21).
Here’s What we need to keep going:
This is what I want to do with the rest of my life. I want a home where kids can come after school and meet Jesus while they get help with their homework. I want a place where service based evangelism happens. I want teams to meet regularly for prayer and worship, then go out to proclaim the good news to our neighbors as we fix their steps or mow their lawn or bring a pie or diapers. I want those who accept Christ to have a place in their own community to come and be discipled. I want to train them to disciple others and spread the gospel some more.
We want to see revival, but unless the Lord builds this house, we dream and labor in vain.
- A licensed electrician (permits + labor + materials =$1000)
- (We’ve already had a generous donation of $500 towards this. Thank you!!!)
- A plumber (permits + labor + materials = $800)
- One last dumpster ($250)
- Materials to raise and level the floor in the upstairs kitchen ($250)
These items will complete Phase 2, part A of the rebuild. Once completed, we can begin putting in new sheet rock, windows, doors, and flooring. God willing, I would like to have the above items finished by the end of July but we need your help to keep moving.
Would you consider donating towards this project? If so, please go to damascusway.com/facilities/the-810-project/ and click on the donate button in the top right corner.
We also need prayer partners. This is a rough neighborhood, and we need covering. If interested in joining our prayer team, would you fill out the form below? Or you can come lend a hand at our next work party! July 12, 9-3. Complete the form if interested. Thanks again!