Labor of Love

Millie sanded the seats and backs for 250 chairs.

Millie sanded the seats and backs for 250 chairs.

When Millie Young leads a short-term missions trip, she does not sit around and supervise work even though she has earned that right at the age of eighty-one. Millie works right along side the Christians she is leading.

Millie is taking two trips to Bogotá, Colombia this winter. Both are work trips to complete projects the Christian schools in that area need. The December group is constructing chairs for the children. The January trip is to paint classrooms.

Men are varnishing the seats and backs for chairs.

Men are varnishing the seats and backs for chairs.

Millie starts planning these trips months in advance. She lets OMS headquarters know about her plans then contacts the principal of the school to see if there are any projects which need done during their summer break. Once those arrangements are made she starts recruiting volunteers. This is a challenge because not only do people have to be willing, but they also have to free up their schedules. Naturally, the volunteers arrange financing, secure passports, and have the necessary shots administered.

The men are welding and filing the edges of steel to make a smooth fit for the frames of the chairs.

The men are welding and filing the edges of steel to make a smooth fit for the frames of the chairs.

Yes, Millie busily labors along side the team, but that’s not all she does. She makes contacts with people on the mission field there. On this trip, she is having lunch with the lady she trained to work in children’s ministry and encouraging a pastor and his wife who are planting a church about forty minutes up the mountainside. Her humble smile, encouraging words, and love for God is an inspiration to everyone she encounters.

4 thoughts on “Labor of Love

  1. Genie willhite

    This past year I have had opportunities to work with several “older” brothers & sisters in Christ who have been wonderful examples that we never get too old to serve Christ. They inspire and encourage us to be all we can be in Christ for as long as He allows us time on earth. As we each grow older, may our lives shine brighter and never be dimmed!
    Genie

    1. Sandee Lee Post author

      Genie, you are so right. Much can be learned from the perspective of our more experienced brothers and sisters in Christ. Millie has taught me about humility and unflinching faith.

  2. Rita Butler

    Millie is an example to all. She serves with all she has and does it all with a smile on her face, joy in her heart and stories of Jesus on her lips. Thank you, Lord, for Millie and her desire to serve You.

    1. Sandee Lee Post author

      Rita, I too love that smile on Millie’s face. It is always sincere, and her eyes have an alive twinkle. Whenever she has a concern, she relies on prayer and God’s provision. What an inspiration!

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