“You can’t rely on volunteers.” Those words uttered by a non-believer in the power of good some 14 months ago still sting the ears of Jim Todd. It was at a Manteca City Council meeting where Todd was pitching the initial major project for “Taking it to the Streets” that involved planting 300 trees along the Tidewater Bike Path. The audience member stood up, chastised the Crossroads Grace Community outreach minister and proceeded to tell the council that they had no business having volunteers do the work as they weren’t reliable to do what they said they’d do. Today 300 trees stand as testimony to both the power of faith and the power of volunteerism. Yet volunteers – just like Christians – have to prove their commitment it seems every time they turn around.

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