THE GOSPEL HOUSE
What, you may ask, is a gospel house? Well, our team helped build one. We have shown you house-building photos before, but this is a truly unique story. To begin with, it was for a man - a first for us. The leadership team of Restoration Community Church (RCC) makes the decisions regarding who qualifies for a house; that relieves us of the responsibility. The man they chose, David, is an older man who is a bachelor. He lived in a tiny one-room mud house with a very leaky straw roof, on a compound with some male relatives, but they didn't want him there. He has been a social outcast for many years. Why? Because he was mentally unstable. Through circumstances he began to come to RCC. He heard and understood the Gospel Message of coming into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He accepted that as the truth for his own life and not only did he experience a change of heart, but his mind was restored. He became rational. Because of his very poor living conditions,his age, his social status, and the radical change in his life, the decision was made to build him a house as a testimony to his neighbours and neighbourhood area, of the effect of his new life and relationships. He was able to get a piece of land not too far from the compound where he stayed, and the team from Florida and his cell group (home group) went there to build his house. It is a good sized two-room house and the view overlooks a great valley of beautiful bush and forestry. It is so peaceful and beautiful there! Of course the women cooked a couple of great meals so that the workers would be sustained and also, the last one - a chicken stew - being a closing celebration. At the end of the day, Pastor Rebecca of the team was asked to bless the house and David. Then he was asked if he had anything to say. The man spoke so clearly and articulately! He thanked everyone involved and praised God for His goodness to him. One of the pastors told Marty that there would be women lining up at his door hoping the man would marry one of them just so they could have such a good house! In the past no woman would have anything to do with him because of his mental state.
The male relatives from his compound sat in chairs the whole day watching the house-building from the beginning and were totally amazed that people would come together like that, build a habitable house in one day, and just give it to the man. That is what has the whole community amazed as well. You can see his relatives and other onlookers in the background of the above photo. Also,the onlookers and the locals who had come together to build the house were rather taken aback that the team - mzungu (white) foreigners - were hunting and carrying rocks to the site and were in the mud up to their ankles (and elbows) helping to fill in the walls. One of the pastors said he overheard one of the local women chastising other women there that if the wazungu (plural for mzungu) could haul rocks and fill the walls then they should be doing as much. So there you have it - that is why people are saying "That house is the Gospel".
A WHOLE NEW WAY OF THINKING