This past Saturday, I had a first-time experience. I belong to an incredible Christian church called The Crossing. One thing I treasure about The Crossing is that the leadership team creates programs and projects that support people in need whether they belong to The Crossing or not. They just held a project this past Saturday called Beautiful Things Experience whereby 1500 members went into the valley and helped improve the appearance of buildings, yards, inside schools, and even the desert. There was a great deal of hard work, physical labor, sweat and big smiles by all who participated.
I volunteered to work at the Magical Forest which is a Christmas wonderland during November and December. The Magical Forest raises money for Opportunity Village. Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in the Las Vegas community who have severe intellectual and related disabilities.
I was on a team that was responsible for painting 5 little houses. Before we could paint them, we had to clean inside and outside, sweep the floors, sand them down and use a wire brush to get off old wood chips. The houses were red with white trim and a green roof. Since I had to stay away from climbing ladders (with conference only 10 days away), I chose to do the sanding and sweeping. Toward the end of my time, Jasmine Freeman handed me a paint brush so I got in a few strokes in. Jasmine was also there that morning working hard alongside her husband, Dave. While it was strenuous physical work in the hot desert sun, we felt good being a part of an important project and we had fun doing it!