Church of the Servant sends its people into the community to serve Oklahoma City and beyond. One of our ambassadors is Clay Cockrill, who was recently given the Clyde Riggs Volunteer of the Year award for his service with Rebuilding Together.
Rebuilding Together seeks to “transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing their communities.” Clay, a project manager at Boldt Construction, has volunteered since 2010, performing applicant home evaluations and serving on fund raising committees as a member of the Board of Directors. He also served on the Missions Council at Church of the Servant where he learned of our long-time involvement with Rebuilding Together. He soon volunteered to coordinate Servant’s team for a yearly project in April.
Clay is passionate about using his talents to serve God in the community and growing spiritually through service. “Involvement in this mission has impacted my spiritual life in so many ways. Rebuilding Together has provided me awareness of the breadth of need in our community. I have met so many older people who live alone in homes that are hazardous, and in need of serious care. I’ve learned that it is our responsibility as a church and as Christians to love and serve these vulnerable neighbors. I’ve learned to trust God to provide the people, knowledge and tools we need, even when we take on projects that seem to stretch what we believe we can accomplish. Each year, the task seems daunting, but we always find a way to complete the repairs we set out to do.”
Clay shared one of his favorite stories from Rebuilding Together: “This April, we refurbished a home of a widow in the northeast part of town. The day before our work day, we visited her home one last time in preparation. During our visit, we discovered her air conditioner/heater was not functioning. That same evening, I received a call from a church member who explained he was an electrician and would have his tools and truck and would be able to help in that capacity if needed. The next morning, I asked him to look at her AC unit to see if he could diagnose the problem. By the end of the day, he had replaced the fan motor and restored comfort to her home. It was an inspiring example of God providing the resources we needed to fully serve the needs of our home owner.”
Church of the Servant has given Clay a way to connect his skills to mission. “The friends and experiences I’ve enjoyed through this mission have given me a new level of connectedness to the Church. The fellowship and passion of our congregation inspires me every time we step out in faith to serve some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” he said.
Congratulations, Clay! Thank you for representing Christ and Church of the Servant well as you serve in our community.
Church of the Servant sends out a team to serve with Rebuilding Together in April every year. To find out more, visit their WEBSITE.
Watch the KFOR interview with Clay Cockrill HERE.