Costa Rica Construction Trip- “Living Stones for God”

Looking at where this trip started, it appears that my expectations came to pass.  On the plane, I started reading Nehemiah, who rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem.  This was always in my mind as the profile of a construction project.  I knew contractors who always enjoyed this book.  At an altitude of 30,000 feet I was reading about the group that rebuilt the wall.  Israelis in exile! The workers had their construction equipment in one hand, and their weapons in the other…. protecting the walls of Jerusalem.  Then I had to read the prequel, the book of Ezra, where the King of Babylon sides with the Israeli God, returning the exiles to rebuild the Temple of God.  Ezra 7:23  Whatever is commanded by the God of heaven must be done diligently for the house of the God of heaven.


Here I was on a plane with contractors who are business leaders.  I was convinced that if you dropped us in the middle of the boondocks, in six weeks we would have built a community, all with grins on our faces.  We were all determined to complete a project, or get as close as we could to getting the work done.  We worked hard, and were someplace in :”the zone”.   The zone where you feel like you can love God by building and using your strength, and the challenge was there everyday to give all of it. 


I started remembering the foundation scriptures… We look for a city which has foundations…. Whose builder and maker is God.   And then I Peter II;  You also like living stones are being built into a spiritual house.   I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.  Now to you who believe, the stone is precious. 


Its God who made the mortar….and we did our work like Living Stones…like living breathing pieces of building substance in the Kingdom of God.  


It is a unique experience to work with a crew like this one.  Everyone was focused on the work, and focused on God at the same time.   We had the tools to build in one hand, and the Word of God in the other.  Walking in the joy, and the peace of God we built the walls, the foundation, the roof, and the electricity in four days…. We built a shelter for a school, and more than this…we built our relationship with God… we built our relationships with eachother…we built on what we know…and we built up the Word of God.  An unforgettable experience….and I challenge you to get in an outreach….whether local or not so local, and have your own experience from the field.


–Dean Gilliland



~ by Celebration Missions on October 1, 2008.

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