Doing work! (for the kingdom and the yard)

We have recently moved forward in a partnership with Children’s Hope Chest towards a mens home called The Joel Project. The Joel Project is a home for young adults in Foster care who age out of the foster system. The home has been renovated on the the inside and has had residents for a couple moths now. The whole project screams his glory…. except for the yard.

What does a yard have anything to do with the Kingdom of God? God is in the process of reconciling all things to himself. When we become kingdom bearers, the gospel permeates everything we do, think, touch. Every aspect of our lives should in some way reflect the glory and perfection of Christ’s love. This means “whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). Needless to say, we needed to do something about the yard.

Recently, a team from Kansas called in offering to serve for two days. Their hearts were evidently open to loving the people of our city. Three weeks and a few phone calls later, we had 20 high school students at work landscaping for the Joel Project Home. A few faithful servants at New Life Volunteered their tools for use and a local Landscaping contracter put his work on hold for the sake of transforming the home’s exterior. It was beautiful to see members of the global family of Christ sacrifice their plans for the sake of loving our people!

Please enjoy the pictures below as they depict the transformation of the exterior of the Joel Project in just two days!

Front Yard Before:

Hge dead trees, weed filled dirt, neglected care- this typified the yard before it was landscaped.

Front Yard During:

Front Yard After:

Side Yard Before:

Side Yard During:

Side Yard After:

Backyard Before:

Backyard During:

Backyard After:

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