One of the Accolade for Saving Lives program families is getting a two room home. They have been living in a one room structure with little to no roof and a dirt floor. They are ingenious in making things work, for example the door is hinged on with the soles from old, unusable shoes and fabric straps. Ingenuity goes a long way! However, in addition to a teenage son and teenage daughter they also have a toddler that has had worms so many times the hospital will no longer treat him and a new baby added to the mix. . .and now her husband had a motorcycle accident and broke his leg. We are family. CLIMB, Accolade for Saving Lives and all of the program participants are community. We take care of each other.
Electronic updates and photos began arriving. Patchouko had hired a boss to look at the existing partial walls and it was determined to be too damaged for repair. Neighbors helped, the hired crew went to work and it was demolished. As plans were made for a new structure the boss points out to Patchouko that most of the surrounding homes are not build on foundations. The boss suggests he consider just building walls like the rest. Unbeknownst to us this conversation is occurring and Patchouko now retells the story. How did he respond? “No, if we are going to do it we are going to do it right. Build the foundation.” The family they are helping was OK with no foundation. Patchouko knows better.
The “B” in the acronym “CLIMB” stands for “Believe in those we are serving”. Progress through empowerment, now that’s climbing! What a privilege to be witness to this servant heart’s leadership. Thank you, Jesus!
Matthew 7:24 – 27, “24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”