The main project James and I were involved in whilst in Uganda was the continuation of work on St. Mark's school. We painted the base coat on a couple of school walls and then two murals but there was much more work going on than just this. While we were painting there was a large group of men working on the classroom next door transforming it's bare brick walls into smooth, plastered surfaces and installing several new windows! As you may know from some of my previous posts, I am rather interested in processes at the moment, and so I really got thinking about the building process from seeing so many different jobs and stages come together in Buwasunguyi.
"Great crowds were following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 'If you want to be my follower you must love me more than your own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters - yes, more that your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And you cannot be my disciple if you do not carry your own cross and follow me. But don't begin until you count up the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first getting estimates and then checking to see if there is enough money to pay the bills? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of funds. And then how everyone would laugh at you! They would say, 'There's the person who started that building and ran out of money before it was finished!" - Luke 14: 25-30
Although the work at the school is ongoing and we didn't finish the whole building in this trip, the stages that were planned and budgeted for during our stay were completed. It would have been awful if Carla and Mark from PFJ had not bothered budgeting and we only managed to paint half a mural before running out of paint! Or if we found we couldn't pay for the labourers to install the new windows that had been bought! It drew my attention to the importance of counting up the cost before committing yourself to something.
"Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." - Ephesians 6:14-17
God has given us many things including this spiritual armour, the ability to pray, His Holy Spirit, the Bible and tools of praise and worship so that we are well equipped and prepared for all things that come up against us and so that we can complete well the work He calls us to. We should use the tools which God has given us, just as we used the different tools for building the school! It will make work easier, and get the job done better.