30 Dec 2011
The Last Brick
This is my last in a series of three posts.
I’ve been talking about a group of people who made something, literally out of nothing, in Northern Uganda. What they started out with was an empty field and some dirt; what they’re going to end up with soon is a school for 250 high school students. These are kids from IDP camps, kids who were child soldiers or in other ways were affected by Uganda’s twenty plus year civil war. The folks building this school didn’t surround themselves with rolls of plans or a bunch of meetings, they surrounded themselves with a community of people and a big idea. They sent me a video a few weeks ago while they were still stacking bricks to show the progress.
When they started, I got a call and they said they had just made the first brick out of what they had – dirt, and they were putting put it in place. This morning I got an email from these same guys. Sixty thousand bricks later, they told me that the buildings which were in process in the video had all been completed, they had just put the last brick in place today and the buildings were ready to start putting roofs on. It reminds me of the people who followed Jesus. He took what they brought to Him, even if seemed like an impossible idea, a community of friends and some dirt. And somehow He multipled it into something better; something more useful; something which would serve others. And the hope created and then left over in the process, could fill a dozen baskets.