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    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Connections: Denny Lloyd

'The Best Thing I've Ever Done'

Denny Lloyd is a full-time volunteer with RV MAPS who recently completed a church construction project in Arizona and has his next four projects scheduled. Lloyd spoke with Managing Editor Scott Harrup.

evangel: How did you get involved with U.S. MAPS?
I retired from general contracting in 2004. Around that time, Sharon and I took our grandsons to enroll at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. We went to talk to the MAPS people while we were in town. We were sold instantly, almost as soon as we began to talk with them. We basically joined at that point.

evangel: Can you remember the first project you worked on?
It was for Teen Challenge in Riverside, Calif. It was absolutely wonderful seeing the transformation of the young men there. Working side by side with them, hearing their stories and listening to what God had done for them was absolutely amazing.

In terms of the job itself, their building was an old castle dating back to about the turn of the last century. So there was a lot of — and there still is a lot of — renovation to do. I worked on the arched windows, building new windows in some cases.

evangel: What kind of life experiences helped prepare you for this ministry?
My years as a general contractor dovetailed perfectly into what we do today. And I have a teaching degree and taught shop for years. God just orchestrated things. Since retiring, we have been full-time volunteers. We sold our home and live in our RV.

evangel: How have you seen RV MAPS touch people’s lives?
On a recent job, we built a new church for Touch of Grace Fellowship in Peoria, Ariz. The host church reserved spaces for all of our construction team in an RV park. The impact we were able to have on that RV park was just unbelievable. There were 10 or 11 of us staying there, and as other people found out what we were doing, they would ask us to pray with them. It’s an awesome experience to see how people open up when they find out what we’re doing. We’re able to share not only our ministry, but also the love of Jesus with them.

evangel: What would you say to someone who may not have construction experience but has heard about this ministry? Is there a place for someone like that?
Absolutely. We’ve got a job for everyone. We do a lot of on-the-job training. I tell people that we’ve got everyone from gofers to engineers already in the program. It doesn’t matter what skill level someone has; we can put them to work.

evangel: Any final thoughts?
Someone once asked me, “What’s the hardest thing that you ever have to do when you’re on a job?” I always answer that we just have trouble leaving it. We’ve developed relationships with not only other RVers, but also with the pastors and the people at the churches, and we go away far more rewarded than anything we ever contribute. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done, and I’ve been in preparation for 60-plus years.


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