Renovation

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

This week’s CliffNotes is a guest post by Kim Polk of the Mission Team.

Dear Christ Church,

At 22 years old, Alejandra is the head of a household comprised of her four younger sisters and toddler niece. Their mother tragically passed away four months ago. While scavenging in the Guatemala City dump to make a living, she was hit by a truck. The girls’ dimly lit cinderblock house – with a badly cracked foundation, leaky tin roof and wooden door that didn’t quite fill the doorframe – was in dire need of renovation. The old concrete floor had to be removed, the walls scraped and cleaned, the rusted tin roof removed…we were wondering if we would be able to get the job done.

Just like broken, leaky houses, aren’t we also in need of renovation and renewal? We may not truly know the level of economic poverty the Treasures who live and work in the Guatemala City dump experience. But, when it comes to the stuff of our hearts, aren’t we all – the rich, the poor, and all those in-between – on a level playing field, in need of forgiveness and healing? These are the questions our team pondered on the way to the work site last week in Guatemala.

Desperately wanting the girls to have a better, safer home, with a good, solid foundation…we asked God for help, strength, and stamina to do what was beyond us to do. And He answered. A community of gringos and Guatemalans worked together to love and serve our Lord who has particular concern for the poor and for orphans. The messy business of deconstruction and reconstruction led to a transformed house that was so much better than before. The presentation ceremony was marked by tears of joy, hearts full of hope, and gratefulness to God. Because hearts, like homes, can be restored, renewed, and made well by the grace of God. (Ezk 36:26, Rom 12:1-5, 2 Cor 5:17)

Thanks be to the God who makes all things new.