Reflections from Weekend/Weeklong Work Retreats
The time with you all is always a huge blessing to me. I love having my students around you, Keith, Doug, Seth, Aaron, Emily and the rest of your staff. You teach great life lessons by the way you each live and move about as Christ followers.
I think the time there was deeply impacting to our students on many levels. The basic work skills are always really great on the work sites. I love the fact that kids raked leaves, mowed lawns, used a saw or rode a tractor for the first time. The students were also very expressive in reflecting about their time with the people they met through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Those experiences moved them to a deeper level of learning to care about others, learning to listen to stories and to value each person. One student was particularly grateful for the time she spent doing a mailing with the local ladies. The conversations they had caused her to reflect deeply on her own values. Another student, who is from Mexico and just moved to Cincinnati this summer, had a very intense experience. A couple of situations on the work site Friday as well as the conversations about widows, orphans and strangers were stirring to him as he acclimates to a family and a caring home in Cincinnati.
All of these experiences helped students to move forward in maturing and developing in life and faith.
I think this experience also helped students who may not be coming from Christian homes to move to a deeper place of feeling loved, inspired, and curious about the ministry and love of Christ and of Christian people doing Kingdom work. Working side by side with the good people in the community of Good Works is life changing.
Thanks for being a part of the journey of so many people!
Grace & peace,
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
Outreach Coordinator/Student Organized Service
Community Bible Church
It sure was great seeing you and all the Good Work staff!
Seeing God’s love put to action in your community was a
blessing to us. Being a part of worship service where
neighbors received labors of love was an awesome experience and
a priviledge to be a part of. I would like to see our
church do more of this in our community. Good Works Ministry
is an inspiration to us. I love the devotions we had each
morning befor heading out to do worship service. It was such
a wonderful reminder of how the Lord wants us to love Him
by loving others. God gave us such amazing strength and
energy, because He is such an amazing God. One of the ladies
my group served told me that our act of kindness made her
feel so loved. I belive that is what our trip was all about
and what made it all so worthwhile.
I would love to see our church send other teams in the
future, both weekend and possiblly a week for the youth.
We have sent out an e-mail evaluation form to each
member of our team to get their feed back. I also forwarded
your e-mail to the rest of the group, so they would know what you and
the staff had to say about the weekend.
Gil and I look forward to our next trip and hope
that it is not a long time off! The Good Works ministey, the
wonderful staff and loving folks in the community have a
special place in our hearts.
Good WORKS IS PROOF THAT “LOVE IS A VERB! “( to quote Keith)
Sent with our love and the love of our Lord,
Gil and Cynthia
Gill and Cynthia Garrett are from Community Bible Church in North Carolina. They are the parents of Fran Garrett who is on staff as a Caregiver in the Timothy House.