Today was an incredible day for Jeff and his team of the "tall ones" (Amanda, Bret, Clay, Kristen, and Taylor). We had the opportunity to roof a house for a family! We started off with a great system... for the first five minutes. The pastor working with us said that a battery was dead for our drill. No problem though because we had 6. Well, they didn't work either. Jeff and Clay headed back to the boys home to try to find batteries. While they were gone a few of us had the opportunity to meet two ladies and their one year old baby. Through broken signs and a minimum English, it turned out the lady was pregnant during the earthquake and her roof collapsed. Luckily, it was their house we roofed. They were so excited to get out of the single shack house that five of them lived in. As Jeff and Clay approached the house it was apparent that they had no batteries. Instead, the girls learned how to use a hand drill and hand saw. Not fun... But shortly after lunch we finished the roof and had the opportunity to pray for the family in their own house. The smiles on their faces can not even be expressed in words. The group then packed up and hand carried the tools and 4 sheets of metal to the boys home. It was an awesome experience to give a family their own home, something none of us will ever forget.
The other half of the team spent the day shoveling and moving rocks. As the construction on the missionary apartment is getting ready to have the foundation poured, there was 2 large piles of rocks and dirt that needed to be moved away. Also, we needed to dig down about 4 feet around the front of the house that will be a porch for the apartment. As we began moving the rocks we only had our hands and 1 bucket. So, we got to work. After about 15 minutes Jean Alix Paul brought us 3 more shovels and about 6 buckets. Needless to say work went much quicker after that! We worked alongside a couple of other Haitian workers that put us to shame but, as a group we worked extremely hard. The work was monotonous and dirty but I know for me (Evan) that God really humbled me through the work that has absolutely no pay out for me. Every day we spend here, we become more and more respectful of the Haitian people and culture and enjoy spending time every minute we can with them!
Pray for us tomorrow as we will hand pour the foundation.
Pray that our sore muscles will be healed in the morning
Pray for continued relationships.