Life in Gabu!
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February 12th, 2008 – by: cantwait2surf
Saturday, February 8th representatives from the Guinea-Bissau customs office arrived just before noon. Roy broke the seal on the lock and we began unloading the truck. Several people who live and work on the YWAM base volunteered to help. Roy brought medical supplies, hospital beds, dental equipment, tools and building materials to convert Mercy Trucks into mobile medical units. He also brought much needed items for the base, special scientific equipment for a school in GB, and several computers for the Jocum school here in Gabu.
One of the YWAM leaders referred to Roy as Santa Claus. He did bring much joy that day and was bearing many gifts, although he was just missing the white hair and beard â€“ but after a few days of spray painting the trucks white, he was looking more like Mr.
Of course we did try to bring some fun into the mix. We squirted each other with a power washer; chased each other around the base in an attempt to put paint on noses; swung off of the crane; had races in wheel chairs; and occasionally someone from the base would stop by to share a story or show us their latest find.
Every day we were given rice â€“ sometimes twice a day. The meals were very basic. You would receive one small piece of meat (two if the server especially liked you) and a lettuce leaf with green tomatoes.
Our last day on the base was by far my favorite. We converted an empty field next to the Jocum school into a playground. Jehny and I painted rocks various beautiful colors, while the team assembled swings. Once they were finished Jon Paul and I painted the swings. It was an amazing transformation and looked beautiful when we finished.
That evening the base had a going away party for us. We viewed a slide show of our pictures from the side of one of the Mercy Trucks with Roy's projector. Then before going to bed, the base prayed for each of us and the leaders anointed us with oil. Everyone was thankful for our contribution to Mercy Trucks and were sad to see us go.
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