The completion of the Barnett family home this summer marks the end of our eighth successful Extreme Build project. Unlike many of the volunteers and partners that join together year after year to make Extreme Build a reality for so many families across McCreary County, this experience has been my first one of its kind. I had heard so many great things about the whole experience like how when everybody arrives on the first day of the build it is like a big family reunion, or the joy of seeing the house completed and the look on the family’s face as they walk through for the first time. Simply hearing of these things was enough to make me excited about going, but only by experiencing it for myself was I able to truly see why Extreme Build is truly a “Miracle of Partnerships”.
Though I had the great pleasure to work alongside several people from Georgetown Baptist Church who already feel like family to me, many of the faces were new to me as I arrived on site the first day. It did not take long, however, before I was one of the crew because with them, nobody is a stranger. With eager hands people grabbed their tools and went to work laying not just the foundation for what would become the Barnett’s beautiful home, but also the foundation for lasting relationships and partnerships among us.
The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12:27, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” Together, at Extreme Build, we were able to see a glimpse of what it is like to answer the call of the Church to be “the body of Christ”. Over the course of the ten day project, we saw well over 125 volunteers give so generously of their time and energy to make this build a success, each one doing his and her part to help their neighbor and simply for the joy of sharing in God’s work among us. I have been incredibly blessed to be a part of what God is doing in our communities through us and I am thankful to have seen a “Miracle of Partnerships” in action.