Roofing Evangelism in Progress

by Kathy Marson

Volunteer roofers from left to right - Rod, Jose, Roger, Sid, & Cody. 

The roof before they put the plastic on

Spokane, Wash., August 21, 2012 -

Last week Patty Marsh received an unusual request. Her phone rang. It was from Marilyn in Maine. “In my four years as ACS Director, this is the first time I’ve received a request like this,” said Patty.

In a nutshell, her friend, Bev, in Spokane needed a roof on her home. Neither women is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but Marilyn saw Community Services and Disaster Response in our church name and she thought we might be a caring church.

After chatting with Marilyn, Patty sent the request out to the Spokane area pastors. The head elder of Spokane Linwood Church, Roger Rudd, drove over to see Bev. He felt her need because she had been working on her roof herself and she is disabled. He gathered four from his church to help out by clearing off the old shingles. They cancelled a canoe/kayak trip on the Little Spokane to allow the time to do some “roofing evangelism.”

On Monday, August 21, Roger put down some tarps on the roof because of the chance of rain on Tuesday. He said that they need to repair some damage to the roof, get some permits and then Bev can purchase the roofing.

Meanwhile, South Hill Church contacted Patty to say that a builder and another volunteer will be connecting with Roger Rudd to assist in putting the roof on Bev's home.

Adendum: Ted Luts from the Spokane South Hill Church visited Bev and was able to help finish the removal of the old roof and is laying down roofing felt. Bev has accepted a bid from a contractor to finish the roof. She is so appreciative of all the help that she would like to give back to the church by telling a children's story about her dogs. I see another story coming ...