John 13:3-5: 3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
Our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Creator in the flesh, set an example while teaching and discipling others by taking time to serve them by washing their feet. This summer, at Word of Life camp, Trinity’s own Cody-Allen Brown, served in a ministry that allowed him to teach and disciple others, while at the same time serving others by washing floors and tables. He explains in his own words.
Discipling and Cleaning Floors at Word of Life Camp
This summer I had an awesome opportunity. I had the privilege to serve on floors. In this position, I was a supervisor in the room and in the work area. My job was to basically clean the floors and disciple those who were given to me. Discipleship comes in various forms. It could look like one-on-one during dinner, or in a group setting in devos. Ninety percent of the time we met once a week, and I just wanted to get to know them better and encourage them to deepen their faith in many areas.
As a room supervisor my job wasn’t just discipleship, but it was also dealing with those in the room. I dealt with any disputes, as well as any confrontations. I had to make sure that all kids in my room did their dorm assignment and room assignment. I sometimes needed to enforce rules when needed. Then I gave weekly reports on each kid. Sometimes this is difficult, as some camp crew members don’t see the need to be discipled, nor do they desire to be.
This makes life tough when this happens because I cannot force one to be a disciple. In this ministry, I had good encounters and often bad encounters. I loved this ministry, but it was extremely difficult with those who did not desire to listen. But this is where God challenges us and grows us–when ministry is difficult God grows us most.
My second ministry was working on floors. This ministry was very exhausting, because I worked three times a day by myself, with no team. This often was frustrating and prosperous at the same time. My desire was to grow and gain as much fruit as possible. With my work schedule, I was either late or unable to attend many meetings. This was unfortunate, because sometimes I missed something that was really good, or did not get the full message.
This job was prosperous in the sense of the floors being clean. I had to make sure the floors look very nice before each meal. I also cleaned in the gym and huskies’ den and conference room regularly. I mostly just mopped and sweep in there, as well as checked trash. I mostly just swept in the gym unless it really needed to be mopped. In the Bollback, I had to clean the floors in the cafeteria, lobby, airport lounge, and conference and seminar rooms. In the cafeteria it took longer to do because it was a tedious job. I had to flip every chair on the table, sweep underneath, use the dry mop and then mop underneath all the tables. Depending on the day, I used the floor machine. Then I un-flipped all the chairs.
After the cafeteria was done, I worked my way into the lobby area, basically doing the same thing as in the cafeteria. I then checked trash and vacuumed in selected areas. When the windows looked bad, I wiped them down, making sure that the bugs were no longer there. This was the ministry that I was so blessed to be apart of this year.