8:17 pm Today we worked very hard and we finished the project we began. Today we mixed and poured concrete to make the walls of the clinic. I am so very proud of this team. Everyone has pitched in and worked so hard and it is back breaking work in the heat. No one has complained and it has already made this trip most special and sacred for me. I think you would be most proud of these who represent you! I give God thanks they are here doing the work God has led us to do!
This morning we spent some time with Mark Lester who is a professor and teacher at a college in the US who coordinates the schools mission program here. He is quite a well informed historian and he really brought us up to speed on the history of the country and why they are where they are and the current politics of the country especially in their relationship to the US. It was fascinating stuff and we all feel so blessed to have shared in such learning. For me he confirmed why the church in America must be in countries like this one to make a difference. He shared with us some statistics related to the distribution of wealth in the world from 1992 till 2007. It was staggering to see the disparity between developing countries, which is most of the world, and those who are already developed. I won’t get it into here but it was most revealing as to why so many countries struggle.
I don’t want to continue to sound redundant but the staff and the ministry here is awe inspiring. They are so very driven and committed to what God is leading them to do here with the poor. It is by no mistake we are here.
I am so grateful we came. We have learned so much.
For those of you who might not have known today is my 61st birthday. My lovely wife surprised me through the staff and team by having a cake here and several birthday cards including one from the staff of St. John’s. I was completely surprised. It was most memorable! Thank you Lara!! Boy did you surprise me!!
Tomorrow we return to the clinic. The work we did today was on site here in the compound where we mixed and created the walls in their warehouse. We will be back with the people of the neighborhood and that will be special. It has been so much fun working side by side our new working friends of Grace, Ian, Pedro, William, and Lucas. They have been fun and very patient. It is raining here and night is cool. We had another incredible dinner together and the staff came to share in my birthday celebration which made it all the more special. We went up to the second floor patio to watch the storm roll in and it did. As I write some of our team are playing chicken foot, others are reading, some are journaling, and some are resting. I feel as though we are family. The dorm has become our home.
Thank you for supporting us by reading and praying. We are half way through. The next few days will go by very quickly. We are blessed to be here!! I will see you bright and early in the morning.
I will see you on the road,
I John 3:1