2019 SERVICE PROJECTS
VESSEL staff desires to be the head, heart, and hands of Christ. If we aren't serving the less fortunate or even our sisters and brothers next door, then how much are we really growing in the head and heart areas of our Christian walks? VESSEL seeks to take on a handful of community projects every year in Blue Ridge, GA and the surrounding areas.
2020 project list
We took on two service projects. The first was in Morganton, GA, digging a new water line for an elderly woman who had been getting her water from the nearby creek. Our crew dug over 200 feet about a foot and a half deep for a new line. She now has running water.
Our second job was in Blairsville, GA. Our work there included inside clean up of Sue's house, carpet removal and a new hardwood floor, outside trash clean up, and biggest of all, a French drain dug and set around her entire house.
We were blessed to have saved these ladies thousands of dollars but more importantly, acted as the hands and feet of Christ.
God blessed our team of 20 with three projects across Young Harris, Blairsville and Blue Ridge. For one woman, we built a protective barrier for her trash cans to keep out wild animals. We also did several installation and building projects for a pastor of a small church. Lastly, we tackled one of the most intensive home hoarding situations any of us had ever seen. Much was accomplished, and the hands and feet of Christ were shown through our wonderful volunteers!
Even though the day was overwhelming at times, God is always faithful and shows up in unexpected ways. Praise God and His allowing us to serve him by serving others!
Acts 20:25, "In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, "It is better to give than to receive."
This time, our volunteers took on three service projects. The first was a return project to Sue's, where we had put in a french drain back in late February. This time, we demoed her kitchen cabinets, moved in her new furniture, cut back her grape vines that had overrun her deck, dug up and leveled out the ground behind and on the sides of her house, and cleaned out the cluttered storage area under her house.
While that job was underway, we sent two volunteers to Ava's place, which was in desperate need of lawn care and other outside attention. For someone who gives so much and asks for so little, we were thrilled to surprise her with a thorough job completed!
Our third project was the biggest as we helped a couple in need who have been trying to finish their little home for years With medical issues and financial problems, they haven't been able to afford the materials and labor needed. We sent half of our volunteers there, and together they wired the house for electricity.
God gave us a wonderful opportunity this past Saturday to help others in their desperation, and more importantly to share the truth of Christ whether in word or in action. Isaiah 58:10, "If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday."
This batch of projects was the most challenging yet -- not because of the labor involved, as our volunteers yet again poured themselves out, conquering all that we had on the agenda, and in turn sharing a witness for the kingdom. These projects were testing due to some surrounding circumstances. Everything from potential rain, missing supplies, scheduling issues, and many other small hiccups threatened to greatly complicate what God had set before us. But we remember where it says in scripture, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. Sure enough God came through and answered every concern, leaving not even the smallest issue unresolved.
And so this time around, we went back to Sue Price's once more to help put in some cabinets, haul off multiple loads of trash, repair a floor, and do some yard work. On our second site, we had a group chainsawing downed trees, splitting wood, stacking that wood for fire, and doing yard cleanup for an older lady named Janice who lives off the grid on just the bare basics. Finally, we sent a small group out to Susie's. As an elderly woman, there isn't much she can do for herself, and so there was yard work and unfinished rock work on the outside of her home that had never been completed.
With these projects all completed, we have finished a total of 12 service projects this year. It is incredible what has been accomplished and how God has used each of us in the lives of the less fortunate. It has been a massive blessing that has spoken to each one of us and has easily become one of our favorite things to do through Vessel.
I am beyond thankful for each one of these volunteers and the God-given heart they have shared with so many. God-willing we can step into even more in our serving in 2020. To anyone that these stories have touched, we thank God for the opportunity to serve as examples in some small way. Look forward to the coming months!