This is part one of a three-day series on the first-timers (well, some are and some are … sort of) to a Builders for Christ trip. I tried to blend a little of the old and new with this series – old-style series stories, but short enough to fit online reading. My deepest apologies to the gals of Groton – I thought I would be able to return and capture their photos after the interviews, but my regular work schedule got in the way and I was unable to do so.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy …
Two decades in waiting
Groton Bible Chapel member returns to Builders for Christ effort for first time in 20 years
It’s been more than 20 years since Peggi Boyd last worked on a Builders for Christ project.
The Groton Bible Chapel member has watched her husband, Curtis Boyd, participate to Builders trips year after year. Peggi stayed home with their two children, who were very active in school and sports.
This year was different, though. With both children now out of high school, she decided to help with the Builders trip to Layton Avenue Baptist Church, after more than two decades away.
The time span almost makes her a first-timer, but don’t tell that to Peggi. As far as she’s concerned, she still remembers the connections and Christian growth she experienced more than two decades ago as if it were last year.
“I am regenerated by being around fellow believers,” says Peggi. “So, this really charges me up spiritually and emotionally. It’s almost like a spiritual high. I can even remember, looking back 20 years, the relationships I had with others and how God drew me closer to Him.”
Saying “it was the right time” to come on a new Builders project, Peggi looks forward to this experience with the anticipation gained through the joys gained at the last one.
“I missed being a part of it, and I knew this was a pretty cool project and I wanted to be a part of it,” says Peggi. “I think it’s cool because it gives you the ability to serve and work with fellow Christians. You know that you are building a church, and even decades from now, someone may come to know Christ in a church that you had a hand in building.
“You just know that God is directing you. You never know what he’s going to do in the long run.”