Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
OK maybe I am being dramatic (me? dramatic?)
I am trying to rest this weekend in between endless phone calls and invitations for dinner or hangin out... God is showing me how much I am loved... and I appreciate it... I just need some me time... I turned off my phone and watched 5 episodes of Paula Deen over a Vodka Soda this afternoon...
Hopefully by tomorrow I will be on my game... back to work and a business trip to start off my week...
God is good though... church was great today and for that I give Him thanks... Lord just help me out of my funk...
Friday, July 17, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
We relaxed for a bit before we set up for our last day of VBS. All through the week there has been rain, lack of electricity and other frustrations while getting ready for VBS… today I found my iPod (with all the songs and puppet stories on it) dead… but just as He had done the whole week, God provided… Sam just happened to have an iPod charger with him and everything came off flawless…
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
This meant mezcla (cement) and lots of it. We mixed about 3 piles before breakfast.
Today we had traditional breakfast tacos. Refried beans, scrambled eggs topped with central American sour cream (mantequilla)
After a quick break for breakfast we got right back to cement mixing.
All the cement is of course transported by bucket line...
The process of pouring the floor is pretty cool – they line the floor with 1X2 planks and run the cement in between them. It takes an unbelievable amount of cement to fill a floor like this so we mixed and mixed and mixed.
Meanwhile in the kitchen some helped the sisters make tortillas… lets see… 75 people, 3 tortillas each… 225 hand made tortillas just for one lunch…
I can’t even imagine how many cups of rice are in the pot…
The young brothers helped mix the top coat of cement by hand.
After the top coat went on smooth, dye crystals were spread over the surface to give the floor some decoration.
We are staying in the city of Tocoa. It is a pretty thriving little hub on the north coast.
Some went to the vegetable stand today to buy some goods for upcoming meals. With the fields just miles away it doesn’t get much fresher than this…
I got pretty sick last night... no puke but still not well... I spent 12 hours in bed and took pedialite for dehydration... I woke up today feeling like a million bucks...glad to be over the sickness... Tomorrow is the last day of VBS and I am looking forward to it...
We began a bucket line to finish emptying the septic tank. The dirt was carried over to the front of the church to bring up a low spot by the entrance.
The sisters again did a super job getting breakfast ready for us. The construction is often the focus of what we are doing but the task of organizing meals for all of us and cleaning up after is a huge job that our hermanas do with joy.
Today some of the boys had dish duty.
As VBS time neared kids from all over started trickling into the area. Many of them wearing their best dresses.
Sister Wendy from the local church has stepped in to help lead the children. She is great at tying the biblical principal of the story into the bible verse and the craft… God was really moving today in VBS.
The kids enjoyed their craft and some time of prayer... we went well over an hour today and so many were blessed.
Back at the church we saw the pulpit floor get poured.
And the brothers began lining the septic tank with large rocks and cement
We packed up for the day and headed over to Cucaca where we got to check out some improvements the church had made to their building. A few years ago a team from CBC came to construct this building. The recently added recessed lighting and fans. It’s a beautiful house of worship.
We headed back to the hotel to clean up for a church service in Zamora. On the way we got to stop at Wendy’s for a burger and fries.
The worship is so powerful many were moved to tears. We had been practicing a couple songs so they gave us to floor to worship also.
Pastor Tino finished with a time of worship. It was a very moving night…A great finish to another awesome day.