On March 4th hundreds of Christians from multiple churches came together and gave of their time, talents and resources to serve for My Jerusalem! My Jerusalem is our day of service to the Auburn/Opelika area that happens twice a year—God’s people come together to rebuild broken homes and restore people in Jesus’ name. During our most recent My Jerusalem, 24 home repair projects, a cookie outreach and a block party took place throughout the day.
One of our site leaders, Daniel Turner, shared this story with us.
“We served in Opelika at the home of Ms. Kristy, who is permantly handicapped in a wheelchair because of a car wreck that killed her 2-year old daughter. She is just now able to go through her daughter’s things that were left, and she needed emotional and physical help on this day. We helped her go through her daughters belongings to prepare for a yard sale, installed wheelchair-accessible shelving, planted flower beds and installed water hose reels she could use, and fixed a standing water issue in her back yard by installing surface drains and piping the roof water to a French drain we had to dig by hand after our trencher broke down.
We worked until 3:00 that afternoon that day, and we are helping Ms. Kristy with her yard sale this Saturday at Bubba’s Medicine Shop. During My Jerusalem, we learned that with hard work and determination anything can be accomplished, and the most important thing we did that day was to help the helpless. We were able to provide some hope in a hopeless situation in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. We serve because we love, and we will always serve because God has filled us with His love.”
The repairs completed at homes on a My Jerusalem day are important, but the work continues. In Nehemiah 2:18 it says “so they began the good work.” When we gather to repair homes, it is hard work! It requires time and effort, but it is just the beginning. We want to do more than repair the home, we want to restore the people living in the home and introduce them to the love of Jesus Christ.
We are in the process of following up with those we served at My Jerusalem. We need your help to continue building relationships in the community. Please contact us if you would like to serve on a follow up team and continue the good work that has been started!