“Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at the table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'” Luke 17:7-10
This morning, before we headed out for our last day of working in the flats, our friend, Tomek, shared this verse with us. He reminded us to keep serving and working hard– we don’t deserve to be a part of the family of God and we don’t deserve to be His servants, but serving Him is a privilege and our duty. The devotion Tomek shared gave us motivation to finish strong.
Rachel and Kelly spent the day finishing up work at the older gentleman’s flat. They built a wardrobe and helped him organize his belongings. The flat looks completely different, and so does the older gentleman. The older gentleman is now smiling much more often, trying to speak english with the team, and saying thank you over and over. Earlier in the week, the team had taken some pictures with the older gentleman, and today they brought a few in frames to give him as a gift. He loved the pictures and put them up on his wall. Before leaving the flat today, the team had the opportunity to sing How Great is Our God and pray with the older gentleman. Rachel and Kelly’s time spent with the older gentleman was a huge blessing and made cleaning up maggots worthwhile!
Alex went to a different flat today and helped build a wardrobe for a young boy. The young boy had gotten a bed earlier in the week, and after it was finished being built, he did not want to get off of it because he thought someone might take it away. The team reassured him that the bed was his to keep. After finishing the wardrobe, the team prayed with the family and invited them to the party tomorrow.
I started off my day painting a school room at Klub Mam (moms club). Klub Mam is a group of mothers who do service projects in the community. After finishing painting there, I headed back to the flat I had been working at the past few days and put the finishing touches on. While I was there, someone asked me to clean the bathroom. I started looking at the bathroom to see what supplies I would need to clean it, and the mother in the flat took over. I was more than willing to clean the bathroom, but I was encouraged when the mother wanted to do it herself. Serving others isn’t just about doing things for people but empowering them. With a little motivation and help, this mother has discovered that she has what it takes to be good stewards of the things her family has been given. By the end of the week the family had opened up to us and our interaction was comfy–they have become our friends. We will see them again tomorrow and are very excited to be able to spend more time with them!
We are so thankful for all of the relationships we’ve gotten to build and the time we’ve gotten to spend in Poland. We are even more thankful for the members of the local church who have been serving alongside us and will continue to serve and invest into these people and families long after we are back in the States. Continue to pray for us, continue to pray for the families we get to serve, and continue to pray for our Polish friends we’re serving with.