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