Covered in Paint

If I’m going to get covered with paint, I’d like a nice azul or perhaps dark olive green.  Last Saturday was project day for many of our Granada community groups.  Our goal for community groups is the development of community with Jesus in the midst.  This happens each week as we meet in homes, share meals together, study the word, and also as we serve together.  Each community group cycle typically has a project or service day planned when the groups can get out into the city.  The goal is to bond as a community group by serving our city in practical ways.  Projects may include cleaning up an area park, visiting residents at Miami Rescue Mission or serving meals at a soup kitchen.

My community group participated in the community paint and beautification day in Brownsville, a section of Liberty City in Miami. The event was organized by Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida.  One of their goals is to protect home values in depressed neighborhoods.  They do this by assisting homeowners in keeping their properties looking beautiful by providing painting and landscaping.  This project has now been held yearly for eight years.

Here’s how it came down.  About three hundred people descended on Brownsville in time for an early breakfast at 7:30am.  By 8:15am the people had been divided into teams and had spread out to 14 different homes to paint and landscape.  Each site was provided with all the gear they would need, painting supplies and also plants and mulch. Food was also delivered to each site; both snacks and lunch were provided as well. The organization did a wonderful job coordinating all the people and the sites!

Our Granada community groups had house #5, the home of Paulette, a retired teacher.  Somehow this group of about 20 weekend warriors managed to get more paint on the house than each other! The house had been prepped in advance with new facia and also primed.  We had three crew chiefs to show us the ropes and encourage us to keep hydrated.  Our team  managed to almost completely paint and trim the house by lunchtime. At lunch we shared sandwiches and also ate poundcake baked by Paulette for us.  By the time we finished up, heads and hands were paint-speckled.  Before we left, Paulette shared her story with us and thanked us.

Christian love has been a powerful force for good in the world since Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and told them to follow his example.  Our goal is to show the love of Jesus in practical ways. We are called to serve as Jesus has served us.  On May 5th, we have planned a service day for the entire church.  In a few weeks, you will find a list of the specific opportunities to serve at Granada’s website: http://www.granadapca.org.

And by the way, the color of the paint I got covered with was peach and trim was cream!

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandy on February 1, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Looking forward to the next opportunity 🙂 ………

    Reply

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