Long, long, ago (or so it seems), we started out on our RV Adventure, with the goal of seeing the country and occasionally doing a SOWER* project along the way. We planned to be on the road for a year, maybe two. We were only enjoying the tourist life fir about 6 weeks, when we decided it was time to do something a bit more purposeful than sightseeing. And so, not really knowing what we were getting ourselves into, we signed up for our first SOWER project month at Faith Baptist School in Vienna, Georgia. (Don’t be confused – it’s pronounced Vie-anna (rhymes with Diana.) We were parked in the backyard of the school, with freshly mowed grass waiting for our arrival. And we were ready to see just what this SOWER Ministry was all about!
During the next three weeks we worked hard – mostly doing some sort of clean-up (either inside or outside), building repair or school organization.
And while the immediate surroundings weren’t especially beguiling, we fell in love with the people and the school and our fellow workers.
And we both heard the still small voice of our Lord saying – THIS is what I have for you.
That was October, 2004, and truthfully we haven’t looked back since.
As I was looking through the blog archives, I couldn’t find one post that really spoke just about that first project. (And apparently, I was organizing the blog a bit differently and I must have been keeping my photos in some long forgotten file on the web. Oh well.)
But here is one from near the end of our time at the school that tells a little about that first project –
October 18, 2004 – Did we mention the trains?
We’re on the home stretch at our project at Faith Christian School, and Gary just asked if I’d mentioned the trains. The school (and our camp site) is located between two sets of railroad tracks – each about two blocks from the school. And these are very busy tracks – and since they go through town, they have to blow those whistles, loud and long. They say it takes about three weeks to get used to it. =)
It’s been a busy couple of weeks – as often happens, when we would go to work on a certain project, it just kind of funnels into another project. What started as Sharon and I organizing the bulletin board “stuff” turned into a revamp of the storage room and trying to make it into a “resource room.” It still has a way to go, but at least the teachers shouldn’t be quite so afraid to enter! The guys continue to busy with yard work and general maintenance/repairs and we managed to get a set of curtains made and hung. Hopefully one more set will get done before we head on our way. We wrap up our time here on Thursday, but will be staying in our little spot until Saturday, tying up loose ends and packing up to hit the road. It has been truly a blessing to be here – getting to know the teachers and students, working with our new friends Dick and Sharon Brittell, and being able to use some of our talents in furthering God’s Kingdom.
Gary and Dick taming the courtyard. The grass was high and the bushes were wild, but they set them straight!
That post, and the others from that first project bring back such precious memories. We’ve done 100+ projects since that October long ago, and have seen some beautiful parts of the country. But there’s nothing like that first SOWER project help us remember why we do the things we do!
*In case you’re new here – SOWERS stands for Servants on Wheels Ever Ready, and it’s a non-denominational service ministry that partners with other Christian ministries all around the country. During a project month, SOWERS help out in anyway that the ministry needs – from plumbing to painting to new construction to raking leaves. You can get more information HERE!