Wednesday, March 23, 2011

One Family, One House, One Mile, At a Time.

I just returned from a visit to Georgia that was both refreshing and challenging. I was got to enjoy the comforts of life and see the devastation of poverty. The final stop on the trip was to the Fuller Center for Housing host of the Fuller Center Bike Adventure. While visiting, I had the opportunity to help at one of the work sites helping the family in this blog post. The Fuller Center is renovating a trailer for this family. While I was working I felt like I got some perspective for the Bike ride. The house I stood in and the family I met are just one example of those the ride seeks to help. Its not just about raising money but also about speaking out about the need to end poverty housing in the U.S. and abroad.

While in Americus, I also had the opportunity to visit the HFH Global Discovery Village. This village gives life-size examples of homes those in the world's poorest neighborhoods live in as well as some of the houses being built in their place.  I was struck by these homes and reminded of my times in both Honduras and Thailand, where I saw housing just like this picture. Could you imagine living with your how family in one room with one bed and one pot to cook with? I can only image chaos...

As I toured and talked with friends, we could see how problems in housing are interconnect with so many others, like clean water, human trafficking, disease, mental and physical abuse and spiritual poverty. The problems of the world could become overwhelming and its easy to pretend like it doesn't exist. So (we) I am left with two choices, isolate myself from poverty and trouble (which is sometimes easier) or do something.

I know that raising $3,600 is just a drop in the bucket but every drop counts. I know that cleaning and papering the shelves in a kitchen doesn't change the world for many but it does for one family. The amount of need around us locally and internationally is staggering. That is why FCBA is a great example of bringing the solution into workable pieces: One Family, One House, One Mile at a time.
Its not about doing good because we are earning something we deserve; its about saying thanks for getting something we don't.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Preparing for Adventure!

I find it hard to believe that FCBA is just three months away!! It seems like time is passing quickly and the reality of the trip is only just starting to become real. In two weeks, I am going to have the opportunity to visit the Fuller Center.  I have to opportunity to travel nearly for free with a friend (another blessing God has provided when it comes to FCBA)

My visit will allow me to see headquarters and meet many of those who are working to eliminate poverty housing. I am excited about this because I think it will help me put faces to those working to support this ministry and the Bike Adventure itself.
The Fuller Center has an interesting history, and stands as an example of what God can do with us when our hearts are broken by the things that break His.

I am continually humbled by the support I am receiving to be a part of this adventure and the work of the Fuller Center. And as the trip draws closer, I am wondering how God will use me to serve other this summer through this trip. I am not really sure how to prepare. I know I need to train on my bike but that is only one part of this trip. What about the speaking, the building and those I meet along the way? How do I prepare for that?

Honestly, I am not sure yet, but I am confident that God is at work in me through Christ and is preparing me. I also think a visit to the Fuller Center won't hurt in helping me get some more perspective into this ministry and the role I am called to in it. And maybe this would be a good time to read Millard and Linda Fuller's biography called The House that Love Built.

Thank you everyone who is a part of this adventure!!!
Its not about doing good because we are earning something we deserve; its about saying thanks for getting something we don't.