Builders work impacts churches for decades – people for eternity
The missionary work of Builders for Christ has the potential to affect a church and changes lives long after the long summer of building.
It can affect a church for decades – and people for eternity.
That’s why Ralph Harris of Valleydale Church in Hoover, Ala., has worked on a Builders project for the past 16 years.
“It’s one of those missions that, for me, is important because it will have an impact 30, 40 years into the future,” he says. “I am almost 70, and this church will still be here 40 to 50 years from now. They will be sending out pastors and missionaries and affecting the lives of many for many years after I am gone.”
Ralph takes care of the logistics for the team working on the Builders project. He said participation numbers increased this year to more than 10 times the number of those who began the first year the church sent a team to a Builders project. Their team consists of men and women, ages 17 through 80.
“We have gone from five people in the beginning to 58 this year. We had 43 last year and this year we grew – it’s all been a credit to God,” he says. “We have a core group that comes year to year. It’s like a big family.”
Ralph, a retired computer specialist, says the work done on the project by many different people doing many different tasks shows that there is something everyone can do for the Lord.
“Not everyone can go on a building trip, but to say you can’t do anything for the Lord – that’s all in your head,” he said. “There is no excuse to not go out and spread the Gospel, and you can do that in different ways.
“There are folks who can’t evangelize, but could work on this project. There are folks who could evangelize who might not be able to stand on a roof with a nail gun.
“Everyone has gifts – and they should use them for God.”