The Team (by Kim Streich)
Each had different skill levels, each came with an idea of what they wanted to do and accomplish and we ranged in age from 20 – 64. Five were male and seven were female. Despite our differences, I unequivocally believe that each of us was chosen by God to be on this team. We were the body of Christ in every sense. Some were hands and some were feet. But all exemplified God. When something needed to be done, it got done because no one felt it beneath them to haul a load out to the curb. When one got distracted, another took over. And by the end of the week each knew that our trip was not about the house, but the people who inhabited the house.
Brad Carlson was a man of few words, but in his quiet manner was made a powerful impact on those around him. When he spoke you listened because you knew he was going to illustrate the power and nature of God through the words he spoke. He worked tirelessly and each house his team worked on was done with care. He knew that each held memories and that we needed to be sensitive to those who lived there.
Don Elliot has a crazy sense of humor that you didn’t want to get going while he was driving since he closed his eyes when he laughed too hard! What most impressed me was his lack of fear when it came to asking Lance about his relationship with Christ. What a celebration we had when Lance accepted the Lord on the day we left for home. All because Don was not afraid to ask….
Fred Burger has a loving
spirit and is a wonderful father. When
he talked about his daughter he would glow with love for her. This man has a generous heart. While most of us wanted to stay in
Heidi Durtka was our cheerleader. She has so much energy and enthusiasm that was so desperately needed some days when our bodies were weary. She gave everything a youthful perspective and I for one learned a lot from her. She is a woman of God and has lovely spirit. She would sing all day to the Lord and worship Him from sunup to sundown.
Matt Koch was our stress reliever. He has a dry sense of humor and knows every line in every movie (at least it seemed like it). He kept us in stitches (ask him about WOW) and was a frequent euchre player at night. He is a gentleman from the word go. When we got off the van Wednesday afternoon looking like we had all been hit by a Mack Truck and disappointed we couldn’t get the last hour of work done, he ran over to carry our bags up to our room. I cannot say enough about his character.
Paulo Ivanov is a very gentle man. But Pacco, as we affectionately call him, is a ham! He cracked us up with what we call his Paccoisms. And don’t give him a hose – he loves to play with the water!!! He may have joked a lot about taking time off and going to the beach, but he worked hard and rarely took a break.
I loved getting to know each of these men and women this past week and each has been changed forever. We are not the same people we were when we left. Each grew closer to God and we have formed a bond through our experiences. God knew what he was doing when he formed this team of strangers.
Kim Streich was designated our spiritual leader of the group. She took this responsibility seriously, and did a fantastic job of preparing & leading group devotions, and checking up on us emotionally. All in her spare time. Like anyone had spare time. Kim worked so hard, never complaining, and has such a sweet spirit, and a heart for God and people. She is now a "sista", in every sense of the word!
Kim also possesses the gift of edification. She is so great at seeing the good, building each of us up, and supporting us with prayer. Our last night together in Nashville on the trip home, Kim spoke to us about how we were all part of the Body and had fulfilled our roles so well. We ended up praising each team-member for the strengths we had found in each of them, and left on a Holy-high to meet Team 2!