Whenever we step out in faith to assist someone in the name of Jesus or speak the truth in love, we experience what the Apostle Paul declared in Acts 20:35: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Each member of the team that served recently at the Château de Saint Albain in central France would say they enjoyed and were blessed by their gift of time and effort they gave. The goal of the trip was to assist the Château ministry by updating the facilities for handicap accessibility.

The team put in a new sidewalk using paving stones and started the update for handicap accessible restrooms. Just thinking about these simple jobs which most of us could do doesn’t reveal how someone could receive a blessing as they gave their time physical effort to accomplish these tasks. Consider some of the blessings they received:

  • Everyone found a task that fit their interest and added to the goal of making the Château better equipped for ministry.
  • Eight people working hard on physical projects all week with no complaints brings praise to the name of Jesus.
  • Being part of the overall project to assist the French churches in declaring the Gospel blessed our team. They can rejoice in their investment knowing that future evangelistic efforts will produce spiritual fruit.
  • Encouragement for the French director of the Château and other global workers we support was a blessing, knowing that we are a global team.

These are some of the blessings the team received making it better than just cost of their time and energy.

If you would like to experience the blessings of giving, consider responding to the needs of neighbors by lending a helping hand. Consider welcoming and relating to someone from another culture who has recently moved to Columbus. Or consider being part of future short-term teams as we look for ways make visible the love of Jesus. As we invest in giving, we will receive more blessing in return.

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Dan Green and Nancy moved back to the US after missionary service in Brazil with Encompass World Partners for 15 years. They were involved in evangelism, church planting, and leadership training. Dan grew up on a farm in Indiana, while Nancy comes from northeast Ohio. Dan studied at Purdue University (Agronomy), OSU (Soil Chemistry), and Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions. They have four children and six grandchildren. Dan enjoys gardening, camping, and international travel.

Visit the Château de Saint Albain’s Facebook page for some photos and a video showing the work of our team!