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Verses 32-35: “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.”

The wonderful thing about our Carpenters for Christ group working with the Kansas church to build a new structure is the spirit of cooperation and sharing. Within the Carpenters ourselves, we share and take care of our tools, whether it’s a Carpenter tool or someone’s personal tool. The members of the church were eager to help in ways that we needed. Six of the ladies did our laundry, using their own homes. Snacks and drinks were provided. There was always a nurse present on duty, in case we needed her services (and we did at times!) Some of these, of course, were requests on the CFC’s part, but the church seemed to go above and beyond this. There was the first Sunday, when a man from the congregation volunteered to pay each of our bills at a local buffet restaurant; that was a pleasant surprise. It just seemed like everyone came together for the good of the body.

This is what the early church did. They took care of their own; they contributed to the common needs of the flock. God blessed their efforts. That’s also what churches today need to do. If you have a talent or skill, or simply a possession like a car, use it to glorify God. Use it in His service. Like we pray during these mission trips, we are all just tools in God’s Hands…and there is no better feeling than when God uses you to help others.

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

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