What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what good is that? So faith by itself, if it has no works is dead. -James 2:14-17
On Saturday, April 25, the Christ Church Rebuilding Together volunteers will swing into action for this year's one-day project to improve the home of a neighbor. For information or to volunteer, please click here to email Dave Buffaloe.
A Story from Rebuilding Together
By Dave Buffaloe
Before my parents died, they were in terrible physical shape. Complications from my father’s diabetes caused him to be on kidney dialysis, to go blind, and to have his foot amputated; my mother was quadriplegic from multiple sclerosis. However, they were in phenomenal emotional shape and were an inspiration to all who knew them. They had each other's love, they had immense pride in the military service of their only child, and they thankfully still had a wonderful home to call their own, thanks to the love and support of volunteers in their community and their church. Living in their own home gave them dignity and eased the fears caused by their rapidly declining physical conditions.
Like people, houses age. Many of us have a list of projects that we would do in our own homes, if only we could find the time and resources. That list exists ten-fold for those who don’t have the physical capacity to do the work. On the last Saturday in April, we at Christ Church have the opportunity to give our love to a member of our Alexandria community. As part of Rebuilding Together we will join forces with good neighbors nation-wide to improve the homes and therefore the hearts and the lives of one of our elderly or disabled neighbors. Our gift will be remembered and will grow with them every day.
You don’t need to be a skilled carpenter, electrician, or plumber (though we would love it if you were!). All you have to do is:
- Be able to lift a hammer, broom, or paintbrush.
- Be willing to devote one Saturday of your year.
- Have a kind and giving heart.