Saturday, February 5, 2011

A Hard Day's Work

5:21 AM
Much of this week has been physical labor for my team. And during an African summer, that really didn’t sound appealing to any of us! But through the different work opportunities, we’ve seen so much tangible work done for the kingdom of God. Tuesday, we built and assembled a library for kids in Freedom Park, a shanty town. Wednesday, we went to Agnes’ property (where we do daily feedings), and helped clear the land for expansion. Friday, we did yard work and cleaning for a Bible college to help them prepare for an upcoming conference and new term of students. None of it has been real easy, but we’ve kept positive attitudes and found real joy in the work. God gave us cloudy weather for a few days, which made the outdoor work very bearable. It was only few hours for a few days, but so much was accomplished. When working Agnes’ land, we worked alongside other community workers as well. They laughed at some of the ways we did things and tried to help us out. We were also able to share with them who we are and why we are here. Ministry in the midst of ministry. We came home everyday sore and sunburned, but with smiles on our faces. It’s incredible how just remembering who we are working for can influence an entire day’s outlook.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man,” Colossians 3:23

About the author

Joy Muldoon is a full-time missionary and part-time blogger. Read about her travels, adventures, and missions here!