Tonight we reflected on the touching heartfelt thank yous received in the community of La Sabana. The construction crew were blessed to do cement floors in some really needy houses and the families were so appreciative. Today was a day of responding like "those on the right" in Matthew 25, actually giving the shirts off our backs. Team members gave jackets to those they met today for the current cool weather we are experiencing (60 degrees this morning!). We also returned to two of the poorer families at the end of the day with clothes, coloring books, and some money for food. These gifts were received with joy and thanks and expressions of "you have done too much".
The construction crew did 6 floors today (50 bags of cement). Again they were assisted by families and other community people. They were especially impressed with one mom who carried a 5 gal bucket of water (40lb) on her head with a toddler in her arms and did not spill a drop. One homeowner wanted to save all the dirty cement water from rinsing the mud pan and tools ....water is that precious?
The community was pretty healthy including the animals. There were big pigs, horses and Karen pronounced the dogs as fairly healthy.
Ruthie and Madison are busy giving out parasite medicine, vit A, gummy vitamins, stickers, some clothing and shoes, and a monkey!! We still have monkeys for tomorrow:-). Even teenagers ask for a "mono" (monkey). Barb met a little guy with an awful ulcer on his back. We will follow up with him as a Children Without Choices case. A mom and 4yr old girl were invited back to the nutrition center today and were packed and ready to go at the end of the day. Can you imagine packing up and moving somewhere else for 6 weeks with a few hours notice? This mom is willing to sacrifice for the sake of her child.
We are all healthy and enjoying lots of laughter together after our days of hard work. Tonight's entertainment was stories of Preston, big Dave's dog and also videos of the electric wheelbarrow he built on a wheelchair base.
Thanks for your prayers. We definitely are feeling God's care in many ways!
Barb for the team.