Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wednesday - Work Day Two

Today began with a Haitian proverb at our morning devotions: "Little by little a bird builds it's nest."  We were encouraged to not be overwhelmed by the enormity of the work to be done, but to remember that we are each responsible for our little piece of the puzzle that helps to complete the big picture.

While some of the ladies touched up the door and window frames that they painted yesterday, the rest of the crew loaded up 250 more blocks on the truck and headed over to the house.  We are glad that it's only a block away.  The local masons got to work on the walls while our crew helped keep them supplied with mortar.

The task today was to get the block walls as high as possible.  We went back to the base for two more loads of block; one load of 250, and another of 150, each one carried by hand.  The area we have to work in is rather small and crowded, and is down a long alley behind many other buildings, and is very close to the beach. At any given time there might be twenty or more spectators gathered around, many of them children.

Some of us were given the job of cleaning up the beach in front of the house, using rakes and shovels. Many, many wheelbarrow loads were taken up the alleyway and loaded onto the truck. We had lots of children willing to help us!

By the end of our day, most of the walls were completed, door and window frames installed, and supportive posts with rebar had forms built around them and were poured with concrete. It was a tired, hot, and dirty crew that headed back to the base for dinner.

This evening was our worship service with the YWAM staff. We had a time of music and a message by staff member Kristian Snow.

Here are a few snapshots of our day:

It is interesting to watch their method for mixing mortar 

Marty and Ellen handing the buckets up to the masons

The walls are getting higher!

Trash duty


Ellen was a good sport!

And finally, thank you so much for your continued prayers. We are all doing well so far, and are grateful for your support!

1 comment:

  1. The house looks beautiful! You are doing such good work - God's work! I hope you are able to rest well at night.


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