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Doug Nicholls

Doug Nicholls, maintenance volunteer at The Bridge Youth Centre at Youth Unlimited | YFC Kawartha, shares how his gift of maintenance can make an impact in the lives of young people in his community.

I really had it in my heart that I want to serve and give in my retirement somehow. I started to volunteer a bit as a maintenance volunteer around the Bridge, and was asked if I could build a fence. I came down with my neighbour Steve and we talked about a design and had it in our minds to put a seat on it. I was excited, we designed it, built it, and the fence looked beautiful.  

But when we sat down and looked at it, I thought what difference could this make? How can this make a difference in God’s kingdom and sharing the gospel of Christ? It’s just a fence. 

Two nights later, I came down to a worship night that was happening at The Bridge. When I got there, people were gathering around the fence and sitting on the benches, and the gospel was being shared. 

There was a group praying for a young girl that was receiving Christ on that bench. When I saw that, my heart just overflowed and was filled to bursting. I just stood back watching and wept with joy, because God allowed me to serve with the talents and abilities I had. I had no idea that it could make a difference.

Just like the little boy with the 5 loaves and 2 fish. He probably thought; “how could what I have make a difference?” but it did.

Whatever you have to offer, no matter how small you think it is, if you offer it up to God, He will use it in ways you can’t imagine. I encourage everybody to serve in your own abilities and offer what you have to God. You never know what He will do, and I know I’ve been blessed by it. 

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”  On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable” –1 Corinthians 12:21