Day Two at the Sites
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I woke up at 5:30 this morning, too late to make it to Bible study by the time I finished getting dressed. Instead, I pulled on my running shoes and went for a run around the ranch. I looped around many times, so often that at one point a guy offered to open the gate for me. I declined, not knowing the area outside of the ranch and being a solo runner. I also used the time as a prayer run, asking God to be with our team today.
We were joined by Joyce today for our VBS team which was great. Another teen meant another team leader and today we would have four groups. We arrived at the church and got set up. Playing with the kids started early, and I pulled a jump rope out of my blue drawstring bag. I made sure to get some clear space and then pulled off one backwards jump.
We opened with a song or two from Eric and then the four groups were off. Today I was giving the salvation message after we looked at the story of building a house on sand versus on rock. Emily had brought two plastic containers, one with a sand base and one with a clay (rock) base, and used straws to make "houses." I had provided some empty water bottles that we had filled at the ranch that morning.
Somehow we had taken significantly longer today than yesterday; everyone including the locals had already eaten, but there was still enough food for us, just limited sandwich options. We took our meals into the house that our team was building. The two back rooms provided shade, thanks to the loft now being in place. We didn't talk much; Emily even joked that we were being too noisy. The heat was taking a little bit of a toll on my appetite; I gave about a quarter of my sandwich away.
After our midday meal, I set to work re-learning how to spackle. My first few attempts were kind of ugly, but David gave me a superfast tutorial and I kept at it until the rhythm came back. Connor was not exactly a fan of this work but he was a real trooper and worked hard.
The return to the ranch was slightly delayed when we hit a traffic jam due to an accident. I was excited to see Mexican firefighters since my uncle is the fire chief in my hometown, but the badly-damaged vehicle was sobering. Ironically, just after getting through this spot, we watched as another bus pulled into the left-hand lane and drove the wrong way for over a mile, only to cut off less than thirty seconds of travel time.
I don't really remember dinner this evening, maybe this was burger night. I do remember going down to the warehouse early for the evening meeting and discovered that the boxes for the auction still needed assembled.
Amanda, Shelley, and I helped the lady in charge; one of the youths joined in and Emily also came over. We sorted the supplies out first and then put equal amounts into the bins. One set was placed on the stage so bidders could see everything that each family would receive: beans, rice, tomato paste, canned vegetables, cooking oil, towels, a crockpot, a brush, cooking utensils, toilet paper, and more. Math skills came in handy for this task.
The auction started with five duvet covers made by the local women. The plastic bins were next and went for much bigger money.
The auction was the evening's big event, but our group had one more task before bed: making play doh for tomorrow's craft. Courtney had found the recipe on-line and had multiplied it by a lot (maybe 8?), so we were a little nervous that things might not work right. We shouldn't have worried; the recipe was perfect. The dough was pretty hot when we first started to knead it, we sort of ignored the fact that Andy had just poured in a bunch of boing water. The food coloring took a little bit of time to take hold, but even that color turned out stronger than we thought it would at first. Once we had mixed up the dough, we set to work taking fist-sized balls and putting them in baggies.
The kids went to play cards while the adults stood around the outdoor serving area and just chatted. It was a fun conversation until a winged creature zoomed down from the ceiling and smacked Randall in the cheek. Courtney reacted by jumping backwards behind Emily as we discovered that the invader was a cockroach. We laughed after the shock wore off, but bed wasn't too far away.