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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)

TITLE: On A Roof
By sue moreland


They started coming at 6:45 AM. They set their ladders up and proceeded to climb on the roof. By 7 AM there were 14 of them. There were men and woman ages 13 to 72 and they were there to work.

They started by tearing off the old roof. The younger ones piled all the old shingles on a plastic tarp then held the edges up, making it a chute and dropped the shingles into a waiting pickup.
When one pickup was full the driver drove off to the dump with it’s load and another pickup took it’s place. This was repeated several times while another part of the crew started repairing bad spots they found at the base of the roof. There was a constant sound of a nail gun and a power saw.

By the time all of the old shingles were gone part of the new shingles were already nailed down.
When they stopped for lunch at noon they had half the roof done. By five PM they were finished. The yard was clean. The roof was done. And everyone was tired and dirty, the young the old and the middle aged. They ended their day with a prayer of praise. They prayed for the wonderful weather they had. They prayed a thank you for their safety. They praised God for the opportunity for fellowship together while doing a work for Him.

I have heard it said that fellowship is not just being together it is doing together. The group that came can tell you what a wonderful day of fellowship they had on that roof. They grew closer together and were unified in their goal. During the time on the roof a lot more happened then just the covering of a house. They sang and prayed and discussed other needs of the church. They discussed new ideas to try at our worship services. They grew in appreciation for each other. And they even had fun.

I am the recipient of the new roof. My house was one rain storm away from a major leak. It was in worse shape than I imagined. The new roof was something I desperately needed, but I got more than a new roof that day. I got to watch a fellowship of Christians come together with a common purpose and work in harmony and complete what they began. They did it with out a word of complaint. Everyone seemed to know what needed to be done and what they could contribute toward it.

By their actions this group said “love your neighbor as yourself.”They said “Do unto other what you would have them do to you”. They said “faith by itself if not accompanied by action is dead”.

They lifted a burden from me and showed me a glimpse of Jesus in them. It was an example of the kind of fellowship I want to share with others. Their actions showed me it is possible for others to see the Jesus in you.

And the neat thing is my neighbors all saw it happen and they got to see the value of Christian fellowship working together first hand. For some of them it might be the first time they have seen such a practical demonstration of Christian fellowship.

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Debbie Wistrom10/18/07
Wonderful! Thanks for sharing this, we all need a boost from time to time.
LauraLee Shaw10/19/07
What a beautiful picture of community!
Laury Hubrich 10/19/07
What a testimony to the neighbors who watched this! Great story!
Dee Yoder 10/21/07
Another great story and example of the kind of fellowship God intends for us to share with each other and a hurting world. Good job!
Sheri Gordon10/25/07
I really like this story. It is well written and has a great message. Nice take on the topic.