This fall, the Axiom Service Team came up with a great new way to show love on our campus! Here’s what Sarah and JP, two of our Service Team leaders, had to say about the Axiom Rake Raids:
Before last month, Axiom didn’t really know who our neighbors were, and we weren’t into that; we wanted to get to know them! So on October 15th and 22nd, we set out from the Axiom House with a mission to be good neighbors; to show that we’re not just concerned about the people in our ministry, but that we care about those outside of it too. How did we show our love? By raking yards!
While it might not sound like a HUGE service for a bunch of college kids to have their yards raked, it’s not about the AMOUNT that we do, but the way that we do it… and we ROCKED! With 15+ people showing up to each Rake Raid, we stuffed over 50 yard bags full of leaves, hit about 15 houses, and made several new friends.
With each new house, we experienced quite a bit of suspicion when we introduced ourselves. People were baffled as to why we wanted to rake their yards… even to the point that several people thought we wanted donations. They just couldn’t believe that we were doing something for them, for nothing! A few of our neighbors were just as excited to meet us as we were to meet them; some even mentioned that they had always been curious about us, and now had a good reason to check Axiom out!
We took it one step further by giving them cookie dough once the job was done. The shock on our neighbors’ faces was priceless… they couldn’t decide how to react to this random act of kindness. Some thought it was the weirdest thing they’d seen all year (and considering we’re on a college campus, that’s pretty funny), and some thought it was the greatest thing in the world – like that cookie dough was pure gold!
And that was the point. We wanted to make a connection; do something nice. This was just one way for us to open a door into their lives. On those two Fridays, we went out and gave up our afternoons to love on people; most of whom probably aren’t used to experiencing unconditional love. Raking yards may not seem like that big of a deal, but then again, neither does washing feet.
We have one last Rake Raid coming up on Friday, Nov 12th. from 4 to 5:30pm. We really want to push this one and see if we can get the biggest turn out yet! The cool thing about service, is that it’s not all about you… in fact, it has absolutely nothing to do with you. It’s all about the other person: what you can do for them, no strings attached and no questions asked. When you serve someone, you have no room to be selfish; if you’re thinking about yourself and what you can get out of the experience, then you’re probably missing the point. But, in a lot of cases when you serve, there are rewards. You know you did something for the betterment of another person, and maybe now he/she will share that service or love with someone else. You’re doing some good in the world; you’re being Christ to those around you, and that’s a reward in and of itself. November 12th is the last Raid of the semester, and you don’t want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity. See you there!
Sarah Dexter and Justin Pettit