Today’s correspondent is Sue Aristone.
During our devotion time this morning Pastor Cecelio shared an illustration with us of how God has led him to reach out to his barrio (neighbourhood) to bring people to his new church Pan de Vida (Bread of Life) located behind Jardin Shalom (where we are staying). If a farmer cannot get a mother cow to follow him to another field, he picks up her calf and starts walking. Of course the mother cow follows her calf, and therefore follows the farmer to where he wants him to go. So Pastor Cecelio gathers the children up to come his church, and prays that their parents will follow!
When we arrived at the work site, we continued on with our work from yesterday- preparing the steel beams. The beams have to be scrubbed, rubbed with turpentine, and then painted. We had quite a system going, and finished the last of the 50 beams by noon.
Our lunch is a time of great blessing. We join the PAN construction crew and practice our Spanish (you would be so proud Debora). We are learning a lot about them and their families.We learned that Jorge is an assistant pastor to Pastor Cecelio and lives on a pineapple farm with his family. Our foreman Mauricio is a Deacon in Pastor Cecelio's church as well.
After lunch, our 3 young people, Christine, Emilie,, and Heather, prepared crafts for the children at the work site. The children especially loved the colouring pages! We are told to expect mucho (many) more children tomorrow to make more crafts!
Because our team had finished our job of painting the beams, we decided to do an afternoon of "pampering" with the ladies from the church. We pampered them with nail polish and hand and neck messages. These ladies work so hard! When we are working too slow, they just go around us!! If we put down our pliers, paint brushes, or rags, they are snatched up and our place in line is taken. So they deserved to relax and be pampered! It was so nice to see them enjoy it .So we were surprised when after we had finished they turned around and did the same for us! It was delightful- and we were indeed blessed. What a great time of fellowship- women from 2 different countries sharing friendship, love and laughter!
Our construction project is ahead of schedule! The framing of the front door needs to be done, and then they can start the peaks on the front and back of the church. We may even be able to see some of the roof started (which would be a first for everyone on our team)!
We ended the day by treating the kids, ladies, and men from the church and the construction crew to candy floss- a street vendor "happened" to walk by with 30 bags of candy floss on a stick- so we just had to buy it!! He was very happy that he had sold out!
Had better sign off as we are getting ready for a busy day tomorrow, but it was certainly another day filled with many blessings. God's hand was at work!