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A moment in history, our 1st, 2nd, and 1st blocks laid.

And here, beside the church built years back by another AQ team, back in the bush at the end of a long and bumpy, washed-out road, is the soon-to-be school.

 

Day 1 at the worksite was productive, with great appreciation due to the breeze that was a pleasant friend throughout the morning.  We laid our first blocks and are quickly becoming mortar experts.

 

Day 2, with a small team, was a bit more difficult.  The team was split due to other tasks that needed to be done, and picking up each others’ slack proved more difficult.  I found myself strongly convicted, and became acutely aware of every careless move and every second wasted; every drop of mortar that falls is more that needs to be purchased, funds that could be used elsewhere; every second a trowel and spade is in our hands, with ample mortar mixed and water ready means a tiny break for the only two workers, William & Thomas, who are volunteers and go without breakfast and do not break; every second we push harder and get done sooner means they can get back to a paying job and students can start using the school sooner;  every block laid well means the building will survive longer and influence more children’s lives.

Filling.
  It made me edgy, but Suzanne pointed out that anything we do that is not done in love is wasted • and how did I not remember that?!?  So I am practicing putting love before efficiency at the worksite, though now it will be a while until we are back and I can put it into action.  Hopefully expo 1 will provide ample growth.  How could it not?

 

 

Every day I think of Misaka, the village started by a couple from the UK that now has a church, a school with 200-300 children in attendance, and several houses.  It is encouraging to see what one couple can do, and to see that we are not completely powerless.  At times I get so overwhelmed with the garbage in the world and just feel helpless.  Every day I am here, however, I am shown again and again that it is indeed possible to make a difference to some.  So what then? 

 

James 4:17  “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”

BigM5_ says:
Em, Your friend Suzanne reminds me of my friend Susan....always keeping me grounded and bringing me back to the basics. Mother Theresa said, "We can do no Great things, only small things with GREAT LOVE". Love and Hugs and Prayers are coming at you! Big M
Posted on: Oct 23, 2007
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Filling.
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