Day One at the Sites
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I woke up around 5:15, enough time to drag myself out of bed and down to Bible study. We would be looking at passage out of II Corinthians over the next few days.
After Bible study I had breakfast--muffins, fruit, egg dish--and then got myself ready for the day. VBS was on the 8:00 bus so I was less rushed than in previous years. In fact we all began to wonder why we had always felt the need to get to the church so early; we didn't really need to be on the first set of buses. Also, our bus was less than half full. The building was taking place in a different neighborhood this year so only the VBS crew was going to the church.
Set up for most of the teams was easy; arts and crafts needed a little more time.
Storytime today focused on the Bible passage that talked about how each member of the church contributes something different to the overall church. We started by asking the kids about some different likes they had and then naming parts of the body. Then I read a story about some hands that got tired of working but when they took a vacation, not only did the body start to grow weak but so did they.
Eric--the pastor's son--finished the morning with a song or two and then inviting the kids to bring friends with them tomorrow.
It took ten or fifteen minutes to get to the new neighborhood. It was close to an electricity station and was a lot smaller than Los Niños. Three of the houses we were building were all next to each other; the fourth house was less than a football field away. I wasn't sure which house was ours since it was lunchtime and the crews were all dispersed to eat. I took my sandwich over to a group of trees near the blue house. It was good to just sit in the shade even if it was on dirt.
With Emily on the bus back to the ranch, I walked over to House Three which had been pointed out earlier. The skeleton of the walls was up and now help was needed to put up the black tar paper. Colin and I joined Andrew and Connor on this task. We definitely were not pros but we slowly figured our way. I learned how to use two tools this afternoon: a staple gun! and something else that I can't remember its name but it uses chalk to make a straight line (can you tell I'm not the most handy around the house?) We had some issues with lining everything up; the house was built into a slope.
I got called on to translate where the women were using sewing machines to make duvet covers. I took the time to check out the furniture building. Without any other major tasks, I opted to ride the first bus back to the ranch which left around four. It was nice to get back a bit before dinner; I was able to get cleaned up. I love hot showers and normally will cringe if the water is lukewarm, but the cool shower today felt perfect.