Monday, August 3, 2009

WWOOF (er)

WWOOF (er). n. Willing Worker On an Organic Farm.

Last night, there came a knock on the door at my mom and dad's farm in Paonia, Colorado. It was Jim. Jim is a college student (UT Austin) who wants to learn how to do organic farming from the best (my dad). He found my parent's farm in the WWOOF (er) Catalog of Organic Farms and just showed up, introduced himself and is ready to work. He pitched his tent beside the farm house and constantly asks what he can do.

So he shows up, works for free for a week or so, then moves on to the next farm. Last night he ate dinner then cleaned off the table and did dishes. This morning, he is tying up raspberry canes, picking peaches, weeding the orchard (which always needs to be done), and basically learning the trade. He is bright, happy and seems to be a great worker.

So here is a new one: WWintCh. n. Willing Worker in the Church.

There are small churches everywhere in the world that need help. They need help with ministry, church repair, maintenance, youth, helping those in need, and encouragement. They need people to show up and say, "What can I do?" Then jump in a start helping. Churches of every denomination need help. They need someone who will "do the dishes" in humble servanthood.

What are you doing to help the church, not just your church? Are you a willing worker? Are you willing to show up and work? The church desperately needs you. If your church doesn't need you, find one that does.

1 comment:

  1. That's a great idea, Chris! We're often too wrapped up in our own lives, to look after the other guy. I'm plenty guilty of that.

    BTW, adding pictures is easy, once you got them on your computer (I assume you know how to do that, since every camera is a bit different). In your blog editor's toolbar, there is a bluish button that looks like a like a little picture. Click on it, and follow the directions. For more tips, I recorded a series of YouTube videos, for a co-worker. You can view them here.