Every year, George Fox sets aside a day during the first semester to gather together as a school and pray for our community. Serve Day starts off with breakfast on the quad followed by worship and prayer over our city and the people in it. After the morning session is finished, everyone goes out in groups into the community to serve for an entire day.
I think one of the many great things about Serve Day is how different each experience is every year for each student. This year is my third Serve Day and I was blessed to be able to serve with all the girls in the house I live in! We went to one of the Habitat for Humanity sites in McMinnville and got to clean up the site so the construction workers could continue building houses. Before we started working, some of the people who worked there gave us a tour of the site and the houses that were being built or were almost finished. It was neat getting to see houses that were in different stages of construction.
The site manager also told us about the families that were going to be living there. That gave me have a different perspective on the day knowing that what my group would be doing would be helping these families that were moving in soon. We sorted through piles of wood and separated the pieces that were going to be thrown away and the pieces that were going to be kept. We spent most of our time there cleaning up the wood piles, laying down a fresh layer of bark dust and making space for more houses to be built. Though it didn’t take us much time, the site manager expressed so much gratefulness to us for helping with the wood and bark dust. He mentioned that it would have taken hours just to do that. It ended up being a shorter day than we had originally thought it would be, but it felt great to know that our time at the site really helped the builders stay on track.
It’s so neat that George Fox takes a break from the busy school year to really care for the people that need help in the community. It really sets the tone for the year and reminds me to always strive to lend a hand. After all, that is what God calls us to do: to love one another. I believe that is what Serve Day is all about, loving one another through helping those in need, whatever it may be.