Friday, July 10, 2009

Fist day on the job...

Today was a glorious day! We started with devotion in the meeting room at the hotel. Mike (the missionary we are working with) taught us the importance of addressing our Honduran brothers and sisters as Bendecidos “blessed ones”. This makes perfect sense as the congregation down here holds firm to the words of Paul in Ephesians 3:1 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
We began to work on the church building under cool cloudy skies… even with the haze above us the temperature was still quite warm… Task number one was to build a septic tank around the back of the church. 10 feet square and 12 feet deep… the fill from the area needed to be moved into the church to raise the level of the floor… this took many shovels full and lots of wheelbarrow trips.

We rested and had a breakfast of beans, eggs, and fresh handmade tortillas. As the morning progressed the final layer of blocks went across the top of the church building. The blocks got to thier palce via block lines by our hands.

Next, the columns went up around the parameter. These wooden columns needed to be filled with lots of mezcla (cement), which was mixed by hand of course, and carried by bucket line to get the cement where it needed to be.
We took another break for lunch then got back at it.
The sun appeared after lunch making the area HOT, but that didn't stop the shoveling and transferring of dirt which continued all afternoon...One by one all of the support columns were filled with cement and the team looked on at the building with triumph in our hearts for the work God is doing.After a hard days work some went swimming in the pool back at the hotel before dinner… I am healthy and well and looking forward to another productive day tomorrow and the start of VBS for the kids…

3 comments:

Aunt Jane said...

Oh my, looking at those pictures, all I could think of is "my aching back"! Great that you can do this labor for the Lord while you're young. I know you'll love the VBS tomorrow w/the children. Blessings, Aunt Jane & Uncle Charlie

Hays Family said...

You guys are doing great! We will pray that many many ninos come to VBS!

Myriam said...

Looks like you're getting a real work out :) Good to see all is going well.