What a day! We built a house today. That’s right, 10 people from New Day Church, along with the Bob and Georgette, built a house. But our day was not without delays. We really learned the meaning of flexibility today.
We had to start our day an hour early because we discovered yesterday that the house materials would not be delivered in advance to the home site as we originally planned. Therefore, we had to stop by Iglesia Del Camino, the location of where much of the prefabrication takes place, load the house materials on the truck, and then drive to Pasdores to the home site.
After loading the materials we were delayed again because the man who was going to show us where the home site was located had a flat tire in route. It was his second flat of the day! Fortunately it went flat directly across the road from a tire repair shop. Needless to say, we got to the site much later than we expected. It was a good thing we started an hour early.
Ready to make up time, we arrived at the home site only to find another delay. We discovered we would have to haul all the materials up a hill about 200 yards long that rose in elevation more than 125 feet. It was the steepest hill I’ve ever climbed hauling tools and building materials. I didn’t keep count of how many times I walked up and down that hill, however, Gene kept count and by the end of the day he had walked up and down that hill 18 times! I praise God for everyone on the team because everyone worked hard hauling materials and worked united building the house. I also praise God for allowing us to have a 20 year old with us. Seth hauled a 160 pound stove housing up that hill all by himself!
At the end of the day we were able to close and lock the door of that brand new house. It was really exciting to see it complete. Tomorrow we will return to the home and build an outside kitchen, install the stove, and dedicate the home to the Lord.
Once again we ended the evening with the best meal we’ve had so far. Yes, I know I say that every day…but it’s really true! But after a great day of home building and good food I was most encouraged by our devotional time tonight. We were blessed to be led in our devotional by Gene Blackmarr. He shared the reason he chose to come to Guatemala on this mission trip and encouraged us in the truth that a love for God leads us to a love for others. He shared several passages of scripture with us and ended with John 13:35 – “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” He shared that just as Christ sacrificially loved us that we are to do the same for one another. We are to love by giving ourselves unselfishly, not only to believers but to share the love of Christ in word and deed with those who don’t know Him yet.
Tomorrow is our last day in Guatemala. We will complete the house tomorrow and then go back to Buena Vista to visit Pastor Abraham and learn more about how we can partner with his ministry in order to see lives transformed by the Gospel!
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