The Adkins family, who moved from Mthatha to Port Elizabeth to start up mission work in the area for ZEMA, purchased a house that met all their needs but unfortunately needed a lot of maintenance. They immediately started revamping the interior.

Our Church Executive issued a challenge to members of the Church to form a voluntary working group that would assist the Adkins’ family for a day or two with maintenance work. This would release them in time to come in order to focus on their mission work.

A pre-site visit was carried out to plan the work and to ensure that the working group would include people with the correct skills and tools, to ensure productivity.

The challenge was accepted by 15 members of the Church, both male and female, with the oldest being 77 years of age. Nine of the members drove up early on Friday 5th September, with the remainder coming up early for the day on Saturday, 6th September.

Barry Adkins, being a ‘hands-on’ person, had started preparation of the walls and fascias for painting, before we arrived, as well as buying all the materials that were needed.

The team tackled the job with enthusiasm, keeping their heads down and only stopping for a bite to eat and some refreshments.

It was a great time to interact with each other from Beacon Baptist, as well as getting to know the Adkins family and their needs for prayer.

It was really an eye-opener to see what was achieved in the two days. The work was all carried out in high spirits with lots of laughter and we all felt very blessed and satisfied with what was achieved when we finally got out weary bodies into bed back in East London on Saturday night.

We give thanks to the Lord for giving us this opportunity to serve Him and for His protection on the roads and whilst working.