Our programs are possible thanks to our volunteers. When someone gives up their time to serve, it impacts people and changes lives. It creates opportunities to share the gospel and connects communities to Jesus.
Builders For Christ is our longest-running program at Kingdom Workers. I am always impressed by the dedication, selflessness, and passion these volunteers have for doing the work of God’s kingdom here on earth. Earlier this year, we received the following letter from one such volunteer. Michael’s joy in serving and gratitude to fellow volunteers is so evident, so we decided to share his letter with you in full.
People are starting to gather again on the Apache Reservation.
When the pandemic hit, it was a scary time. People stopped visiting, families were told to stay apart. We couldn’t have our family dinners. It was such a change because the environment on the reservation is so tight-knit. Being in community is the one thing that drives most people here; we need that togetherness. But we had to embrace isolation for the safety of our loved ones.
I write this from a hotel room in Jakarta on my last day of quarantine. I have not been able to travel to Indonesia for the past 16 months because of all the logistics surrounding COVID-19. Even this trip is not an easy one to make with COVID still being a concern. Yet, in a few short hours, I will be released. And in a few days, I will be on my way to the remote areas where I serve. I can hardly wait!
Growing up, I always knew I wanted to do something to help others.
As a kid, I dreamed of working in a hospital. I wanted to be able to help people, especially my friends and family. But I doubted myself and worried I wouldn’t be able to heal complicated conditions or diseases.
Afterall, everyone knew me as the pastor’s son, not an aspiring doctor.
Thankfully, the events of my life led me to a place where I am not only serving people’s physical needs but their spiritual needs as well.
For decades, Builders For Christ volunteers have used their construction skills to bless churches and schools here in the United States and abroad. Meanwhile, our Build Up: Mentoring Teens in Trades program is only a few months old. Teens in this program have little to no construction knowledge and want to establish a better life for themselves.
As Builders For Christ (BFC) volunteers help Build Up program participants gain valuable construction skills, participants from Build Up will in turn be able to help with BFC projects. While something like this might sound idealistic, I’ve seen that it’s possible.