Construction skills of all types are much needed on the mission field and open the door to sharing the Gospel with those you serve.
One Kentucky missionary shared the story of a man they had been ministering to through their ministry center. The man had completed their 3-month budgeting course and was in need of some home repairs. A mission team from Pennsylvania who had served in the area for the past 2 years worked on the man’s home, including a bathroom that was falling in and in total disrepair. On the last day of the team’s mission trip, the missionary went by to see how things were going. The home owner met him at the car, took him by the hand and led him to the newly renovated bathroom. The missionary, thinking the man wanted to show him his new bathroom, was quite surprised when the man said, “Today I knelt in the floor by this brand-new bathtub and accepted Christ as my personal Savior.”
The missionary and mission team had met this man at his point of need, opening up the opportunity to share Christ with him. The man’s life was changed that day for all eternity because of a mission team that used their construction skills, but also took time to share the Gospel.
This is just one of many stories of how construction teams have used their skills on mission. Others include churches that were rebuilt after being destroyed by fire and a lady who financed the rebuilding a widow’s house that was beyond repair.
There are many elderly, single moms, needy families, churches and ministry centers that are in desperate need of teams with construction skills. Teams are needed throughout the year for everything from minor repairs to major construction or rebuild jobs. Consider putting together a construction team from your own church or association that can meet the building or repair needs of your local community, as well as state-wide, nationally, and internationally.
Some of the ways construction teams can serve on mission include:
- Handyman services
- Wheelchair ramps for the elderly and disabled
- Home repairs
- Winterization of homes
- New home construction for a needy family
- Church renovation
- New church construction
- Repairs/renovation/new construction at a ministry center
- Disaster relief responses
Look for construction opportunities on the Kentucky Baptist Convention website at http://kybaptist.org/mission-opportunities/construction-maintenance/.
Or, consider joining a Baptist Builder Team, a Carpenters for Christ Team, or a Campers on Mission Team and use your construction skills on mission for Christ.