I am often asked with everything that happens at the church how do you keep going. I was reminded today of what keeps me going. Today was not an easy day. I spent a bulk of my day working to make construction happen. In two weeks, we have a mission team coming to donate wood and labor to enhance our village project. I have been working hours on end trying to get ready for them this past month. We have been thinking through the project, meeting with a masterplanner, talking with a contractor, and trying to make the best decisions for the future. Today, I was working through the permitting process to make all the work happen which is not an easy task in Rockaway. I walked away from today wondering why I keep pushing for things to happen here and then I was reminded of what keeps me going.
Last year, our church hired three interns from our area. Yesterday, I took one of these interns with me to move Brianna in to her new apartment. Last week, I saw a post on Facebook from one of our church members needing someone to mow. I called our intern from last year and told him about the job. He was really interested but needed an id and his social security card. He helped move Brianna in then I helped get his id for him. Once we had the id, I took him Adventure Ziplines so he could fill out an application. We worked through the application together. The manager made arrangements to pick him up as transportation was a problem. I was excited because this meant that all three of the interns from last summer were now employed for this year. We had achieved 100% of them working for us then being hired in Branson.
So after a long grueling day of trying to move the village project forward so we could give more students an opportunity to have work in Rockaway, I got a call from the manager at the Zipline. He said this kid worked so hard and I have never seen a 17 year old work this hard that we offered him a job at our other property of Extreme Racing. He said we want to give this kid as many hours as he wants. I was stoked. He said I will pick this kid up everyday and make sure he gets to work.
I hung up the phone and said yes yes yes! Thank you Lord as this is what it is all about. I will keep having tough conversations and keep pressing to move projects on all for the students and families in our area. I will surrender to my calling and keep pressing forward because I believe lives are being impacted and transformed. The kids I get to love on everyday are starting to shine in front of others! Hats off to Jason Schwark at Adventure Zipline for hiring this student and providing daily transportation to work.
Join me in praying that all projects move forward in the timing that needs to happen and if you would like to support this village project that we believe will provide many jobs and internships to students in Rockaway Beach then click Donate below or mail to Bridge of Faith PO Box 1059 Rockaway Beach, MO 65740. Our current need is $12,500.00 to finish the coffee shop and patio area.