Over the weekend the homeschool co-op where our sons participate in sports was vandalized. Broken windows, broken doors, tagging and general mayhem seemed to be the end result of the vandalism. It was bad enough that it happened but especially disappointing because the co-op had just completed renovations which began in April 2007.

Thanks to the donation of material and time of many volunteers the effort to upgrade the facility was done. It was a sad thing to see all the months of hard work by volunteers laid to waste in the course of a weekend.

The call went out for prayer to place a protective hedge around the co-op as well as for volunteers to help in the cleanup. Our family has been greatly blessed by all the folks we have met and the opportunities in which we have been able to participate because of the co-op. It was a no-brainer that we would offer up a few hours to pitch in.

Here is what I learned. Having a dedicated group of volunteers come together for a purpose makes all the difference. While the clean up may have seemed daunting at first, it was easy because of everyones combined efforts. This incident did not unravel our co-op family. Instead I feel it strengthened our faith and increased the bond we have for our families. So, while I went to go help out in the cleanup, I feel that I got so much more out of the time spent volunteering. Time to reflect and appreciate the place and the people who make it special.

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