Days 3 & 4

Every night during our program time we watch a video of a football player giving a post game speech, that someone has turned into a song.  The song goes like: 

"we gonna battle, we gonna fight, but win or lose we gonna be alright...

we started slow, but we always finish fast..." 

 

These last two days have been us finishing fast!   It has been amazing, in fact so much work has been done in the last two days that I barely had time to write this!   These students are truly amazing with what they can do. I continually find myself so blessed to be with them each day and night.  

Even right now as I right this, it is 10:30 and we are all sitting in a common room, listening to music, singing and filled with an excitement of our community and great expectations of tomorrow and finishing our houses.   We all feel tired, sore, blistered from swinging hammers, and yet all feel so alive. This picture is just one of the common rooms with our students.  The other room is upstairs and has snacks, students playing card games together and enjoying every minute.  

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So onto the construction and VBS sites.  

In the last two days our teams have finished the framing, hung all the rafters, put all the painted siding on the houses, plywood on the roof, started dry walling the insides, ran electrical wiring for the house, and started shingles and tar paper on the roof.  It is so cool to watch the students work so well together as a team and so quickly tackle this project.   

Our VBS site has also continued to be a wonderful success in the community. Today (Wednesday) we gave out 80 lunches to kids at the VBS site and to other kids in community.   As soon as we start setting up our pop up shades the local kids start coming down for the day.  They are greeted by our team, which seems to grow everyday from Sunday school teachers from the local church and moms who want to see what is going on who stick around to help.  Our students know all the kids by name and we regularly hear the kids in the afternoon singing the songs that they learned earlier that day. 

Here are some pictures from the last two days.    

 

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As I was uploading the pictures I noticed a lot of satellite dishes are in them.  Just as a bit of information, satellite TV is one of the ways the Mexican government educates people who cannot afford to go to school.  So in the lower income areas, there are usually lots of them.  

 

Looking forward to tomorrow and the completion of the house and sharing these stories with you all too.  

 

~ Mike.