Serve: School Makeover

March 5, 2007

Extreme Makeover: Journey Edition

Yesterday, we didn’t just “have church” — we “did church”. We worshiped so hard, I ache today.

Instead of getting together to sing songs and listen to a preacher, our whole church worked for hours on a makeover of a local public school that badly needed work. New landscaping, new paint, new furniture, and more.

Kay & I are so used to leading in churches, that when we aren’t leading, we don’t quite feel like we’re fitting in yet. But maybe we’re not here to lead at all! Maybe our job right now is to learn. For all my talk of PEZ, here is a church that was founded with Service as one of its three core values.

I wish I could have seen the reaction this morning of the students and staff. I know that the two rooms I helped with were utterly transformed. I am amazed at the creative energy that went into the planning, preparation and execution.

Blessed are those who ache.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

11 responses to Serve: School Makeover

  1. “Journey Edition,” is that the one led by Steve Perry?

  2. Randall: Steve Perry is our worship leader.

  3. That’s awesome!

  4. Kevin: It was fun. Our whole family participated.

  5. Hey Jon! If you ever do that again and want help and know in advance so I can plan, let me know. I’d be happy to come help make some schools or whatever better. I can probably round up a couple other people to come help too. I have the Paduan House beautification project of 2007 right now, but I am down to plant or paint or whatever whenever you need help. Schools are an incredibly good cause! YAY you and your peeps! Thanks for making the world a little better!

  6. Noelle: Kay said, “See, we should have invited Noelle.” But since events like this are done regularly, I kind of wanted to see what it was like before I started inviting others. Well, I can now say you would dig it. 🙂

  7. Hey that’s cool Jon!
    May you ache again soon!

  8. Thanks Suzanna! I added you to my list of Solitonic blogs on the right.

  9. Vanessa Lombera January 27, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    hey look! back in the day when you liked the journey.