The homeowner's original plan was to find someone to clean her yard, but what her need turned into was a part of God's plan that is bigger than the backyard. Passion Missions came alongside this single mom to help revitalize her backyard to a place where she can enjoy it with her kids, along with training the family on how to maintain it long-term. What God ended up doing here was bringing his children together to build lasting renewal and partnership. She may have seen struggle and pain, but she was so thankful for the blessings that God has bestowed on her through Passion Missions and other "angels" as she would call them.
We worked throughout the day to clean up the yard, removing rocks, weeds, tree stumps, piles and piles of leaves, and repairing fence pickets that had been damaged. God used this opportunity to bring friends together to learn new skills and to work together as the Body of Christ. The mom and her kids worked tirelessly throughout the day, learning new and easy ways to maintain their outdoor space. Her son learned how to use a cordless drill and how to install new fence pickets, and the daughter learned how to trim to trees and bushes to keep them from being overgrown. Even with the work, they seemed so excited about what the space could be for them. The mom was blown away by the support of our team, and we were, in turn, blown away by her overflowing faith and excitement to serve. She even said many times that she cannot wait to get her kids to the next service event to help others, which we are looking forward to!
Next steps will be to add an easy-to-maintain herb garden, mulch, and rock ground covering. This will be completed in a few weeks by our volunteer (if you would like to learn more about how to help, please email us).
We (Passion Missions) do not complete these projects on our own accord. We are so thankful to have volunteers waiting in the wings to help others, and continue to pray that God would continue to grow each of us as we serve together. If you or someone you know is aware of a need that God is calling you to help meet, please share it with us.
We are also planning to hold a volunteer training in Spring 2016 to talk more about our mission and to train volunteers on how to listen to God and to be open to serve God in everyday life. Email us to get more information about upcoming events and the training