Structure and Strength-My Volunteer Experience

Posted by on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 9:58am.

Two weeks ago I volunteered at Habitat for Humanity for a Franklin, TN building project.  The event was rainy, muddy and bone chilling. It was the coldest day we had thus far in May and it was a tough day to be outside. I didn't know exactly what the day would entail when I signed up for the project and to be honest, I volunteered to meet some new agents and possibly learn some new skills with power tools. I really didn't know what to expect.  What I found was a family and not a building project.

The Brinkman-Greer family is just that, a family and not just a Habitat build. They are a couple with 5 children that have seen many hardships and faced many adversities but yet they are upbeat, spiritually strong and eternally grateful for the life they have.  The couple met in 2007 at the Gathering Nashville (now Hope Church of Franklin). Circumstance introduced them, but faith and the power of God have united them to create this beautiful family. This unit that is a family, in my opinion, is truly much deserving.

Sometimes we have to look deeper into a project. Volunteering for a good cause is a great way to help.  But the effort isn't about just doing a good deed for a specific organization, it's about learning the true value of what you can give and what it gives back to you.  I was fortunate enough to realize that behind every piece of brick and mortar (so to speak) are real people with real stories. Stories that may or may not get told. Thank you God for giving me the opportunity to work with this loving and very, very special family.

If you would like to donate to the Brinkman-Greer family please call me directly at 615-828-7705. I am helping them furnish the house so it becomes a place of refuge, life and love, a true home.

Lisa Rybak


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