For the Origins Greenville church community, it’s about loving God and loving the city. The community prides itself on being relational – so the opportunity to serve a Rebuild Upstate homeowner beyond just repairs is important.
In the church’s nine-year history, the Origins team has partnered with Rebuild Upstate numerous times. Before working with Rebuild Upstate, their team planned similar work themselves. The opportunity to partner with an organization who knows the process and does it well was a natural fit.
Lead Pastor, Matthew Elrod said, “Our favorite part of volunteering with Rebuild Upstate is stepping away from the hammer and connecting with homeowner, hearing story, building a relationship, and praying.” Their volunteers are able to get into the community and see the physical need and on a spiritual level, they all have the same need. Pastor Elrod sees his team work incredibly hard for a cause that is bigger than they are. “It’s been neat to see people take ownership of different parts of the project. The opportunity opens eyes to being grateful for what they have. I see a spirit of gratitude. I’ve never heard complaints – even about the heat.”
When you love like Jesus, you can work like Jesus.
Over the times they’ve volunteered, they have experienced a range of interactions with homeowners. From his experience, Pastor Elrod observed that “Everyone’s a little different. Some want more connection with others. We try to engage regardless and learn their story and share our own. We try to be grateful and acknowledge our role as strangers coming into their home. We always thank the homeowner for allowing them to serve. I still remember the first homeowners we helped who had lived in the home for 50 years.”
Most recently, a homeowner made the volunteers sweet tea and insisted the volunteers take it home with them.
“Serving with Rebuild Upstate is one of the easiest ways to mobilize your people to do good in the city. All you do is gather the volunteers and then you work. It’s hard work – but the planning by Rebuild Upstate is huge. We provide the bodies and they provide everything else. We’re a small church with 150 or less and if we can do it, you can do it.”
– Lead Pastor Matthew Elrod