We had a wonderful day of putting finishing touches on 2 beautiful houses, dedicating them, sharing cake & juice with the families and neighbors and friends, presenting Bibles to the families, putting signs over the front door of a Bible verse selected by the families, giving out gifts to children, etc.
Our work team and these 2 families and local people who helped build the homes (or bunk bed for 1 house) then enjoyed food and fun (card games, Farkle, talking, etc.) at Maximo & Rebekah’s home & yard. It was a wonderful day. Our hearts are full.
We will rest or have fun for 2 more days before finishing the trip on Mon.
It’s Friday – today we celebrate the culmination of everyone’s building efforts and gift the houses to our partner families. The excitement is palpable! This morning there are a few last minute tasks – hanging the doors and installing the window screens.
At noon we will dedicate the Green house to Berta and her adult son Gerzon (pronounced Hair-sewn). Berta leaves for work at 1:30, so we’ll start there first. We will have a cake and present the family with a Spanish Bible signed by the group. We also have LOT of housewarming presents for each family including new bedding, a shower curtain and bath mat, new towels for the bathroom and kitchen linens.
After celebrating at the Green house we will go to the Pink House and celebrate with Katia, Jeffry and their three children – Mia Obet (2), Samuel (5), and Natasha (6). We have lots of gifts for the kids in the family, as well as things for neighborhood children including soccer balls, stickers and books.
After the dedication we will go to Maximo’s house for our own celebration with the Mercy Home Ministries staff.
It has been an amazing week – although maybe amazing is an understatement to describe this process of seeing two houses built in one week, and helping change the lives of two families forever. Group members are already asking if we will be coming back again soon. I take that as a good sign that people feel excited about what we’ve accomplished and want to share this enthusiasm. I hope that we will be able to continue the relationship with Mercy Home Ministries in future years.
Stay tuned for more pictures tonight from the dedications of the completed houses.
The pictures are:
1. The casa 8 I’m staying in with Cathy & Kathy at 506 Tennis Center (we’re starting to call it the Monkey House).
2. Work group taking a break at the green house.
3. The walkway we made up to the green house & our wonderful bus in the background.
4. The green house!
5. Manuel celebrating the pink house!
6. Jeffrey cooking corn treats at the wood oven.
We nearly have everything finished on 2 houses. Just doors to install on the green house and a few finishing items on the pink house (1 more window; and a few other details.
The houses are beautiful, the families are excited and happy, and our group is very tired! But also feeling good about the blessings we’re giving and receiving.
At the end of today, a beautiful bunk bed was delivered and brought into the house. The bed was made by Bruce who lives down here, and he was assisted by 3 on our team. The children in the house were so excited to receive the bed, and the mother was tearful. We blessed the bed. Those guys also made a ladder & a small side table.
Jeffrey & Katia treated us to homemade corn treats (round, crispy snacks; empanadas with cheese & sugar inside; and corn bread). All was delicious! They were baked in their outside wood oven. They also had hot sweetened coffee.
Pictures coming next.