While the ride over to the church this morning was a sleepy one, by staying longer today than the rest of the week (close to 8 pm) we still had a large amount of action and progress on the site. Tangibly, the front hallway, fellowship hall, and men’s rest room have been tiled, the ceiling of the outdoor deck has been completed, and many smaller more detailed tasks check off. The Church is noticeably closer to completion, stepping back from our work at the end of the day let us take in the changes we had made. With everyone now knowing what job they were best at we stayed in our set groups today to reach a finishing point in each area of the church before we left. Of the many hard things about it being our last day, one was forcing ourselves to push harder with our work when we wanted to enjoy our last hours with each other and the congregation.
When the consensus had been reached that it was time to put away our tools for good, we gathered outside of the front of the church for some final photos and thank yous. Pastor McCall thanked us on behalf of the congregation for our week of hard work, wondering if we could stay for just a few more days. Our loyal contractors, who helped us throughout this entire process reiterated how happy they had been to spend their free time with a Harvard group again, and we all thanked everyone we could for the opportunity for this project. This was followed with many hugs, laughs, and rounds of “let’s do this again sometime.”
The Hayneville Church of Christ has definite room for improvement before they dedicate the new building, but without a doubt we have helped them get that much closer. Our week was full of sweat, effort, commitment, and will. We not only helped build this Church but have built ourselves a collective story and bond for when we return to Harvard. Alabama will only get farther from us on the road tomorrow, but its place in our memory will remain static. Time for these country roads to take us home.
Signing off and mya,