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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.

ending music time: Amanda, Shelley, Katie, and two new friends
  We meant to break the kids up into four groups but somehow the red tags got pushed aside and we ended up with three groups.  This worked to our advantage though; it meant that each of the four stations got a 20-minute break at some point in the morning.  Crafts needed more time to set up so they got the first break--perfect!

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.

Andrew putting up the tar paper
  We then taught the kids a related verse and had them break up into smaller teams.  Each team was given a set of cards that had the words of the Bible verse and they had to be first to put the verse in the correct order.  We had some difficulty with this activity but the kids stayed engaged.  The last part at our station was snack time.  Today's food was gummy snacks.  We had the kids circle around the table to get food and then drink.  Overall our timing went well; with one group we had extra time to kill, so I taught them some basic body parts in English and then we sang "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes."

Eric--the pastor's son--finished the morning with a song or two and then inviting the kids to bring friends with them tomorrow.

painting the outside parts
  We put our leftover supplies in the church to keep them safe until tomorrow and then loaded up the bus to be taken to the new worksite.  It felt a little weird to leave the neighborhood where the church is located; I've never worked somewhere different on a Club Dust trip.

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.

some sort of warehouse we passed
  Ernie the cook came around and Emily asked if he needed more help in the kitchen.  He told her she didn't have to come back to the ranch, but she figured out that an extra set of hands would be appreciated.

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.

duvet making
  Also, at one point the bottom layer of tar paper on one side flew off with the wind, but we made progress.  As we worked on the second layer, the homeowner stepped in to help as well; maybe he was a bit worried watching us?  The staple gun did not like Colin; its innards flew out several times when he tried to reload.

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.

from the inside
After dinner we headed down to the warehouse. The day's re-cap involved sharing something new we had done, and I willingly offered up my experience of using a staple gun for the first time. Later some younger volunteers climbed up on stage for a few games although for one game the equipment fell apart, effectively ending that round early. Back up in our room, Emily and I helped Courtney prepare the necklace crafts for the next day, and Lynda also joined in. The necklaces had been ordered from Oriental Trading, but we knew we needed to make them even more kid-friendly. This mainly involved creating larger holes in the crosses with a pocketknife and a bobby pin as well as opening all the little bags and pouring the beads into larger bags to share.
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crafts
crafts
ending music time: Amanda, Shelley…
ending music time: Amanda, Shelle…
Andrew putting up the tar paper
Andrew putting up the tar paper
painting the outside parts
painting the outside parts
some sort of warehouse we passed
some sort of warehouse we passed
duvet making
duvet making
from the inside
from the inside
Andrew and a local putting up the …
Andrew and a local putting up the…
Andrew stapling, Colin supervising
Andrew stapling, Colin supervising
dont blink!
don't blink!
closing music
closing music
pink flowers
pink flowers
tree fruit
tree fruit
cactus flowers
cactus flowers
can you tell where my sock stopped?
can you tell where my sock stopped?
Mexican firefighters!
Mexican firefighters!
traffic jam due to accident
traffic jam due to accident
Courtney and Amanda looking at goo…
Courtney and Amanda looking at go…
my classrooms roof
my "classroom's" roof
snack time
snack time
Colin and a new friend
Colin and a new friend
putting the verse together
putting the verse together
putting the verse together
putting the verse together
putting the verse together
putting the verse together
this years theme
this year's theme
sharing
sharing
getting the rules for the game
getting the rules for the game
stacking time
stacking time
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