We continued our work at the boys home. We split into two groups again today. One group worked on concrete while the other painted. The concrete grouped hauled rock and gravel and water for a major part of the day. We added up how much we have done this week and we are at around 1000 gallons of water pulled from the cistern, transported and used for concrete, and moved about 1.5 tons of gravel and sand, this may sound like an exaggeration but we have had several trucks drop off loads of gravel and sand. And we unloaded 150 bags of cement that were 100 lbs each. All of these supplies enabled us to finish 2 walls and start a 3rd today. We also poured 2 columns. As we were working today we learned that the Haitian men we are working with this week were in the exact room we are working on when the earthquake hit. They had not been back to work since then and we have been blessed to get to help them finish.
The other group worked really hard on painting the little boys room and the depot. They were able to FINISH the painting in the boys room and only have another coat or two in the depot. We were planning to help them move beds and get their room set up in the morning. The key is were...they got so excited to see the new room with clean and newly painted walls that they started moving their stuff. We moved in beds, mattresses, clothes and school stuff. We cleaned and mopped everything. We made their beds with newly cleaned sheets an set their room up. As we were finishing the room we realized that 3 of our boys have never slept in there. The boys have been sleeping in a different place but know that this is their room and their home. They may not sleep there tonight because of the fumes but their home is ready and they will soon be there for good.
It has been such a blessing to get to help serve the people of Haiti. Tomorrow we will have our last work day and will get to celebrate Christmas with them. We have a gift or each chid and brought stuff to make smores!
Pray for our team as we finish up our work here in Haiti. Pray for us as we say our goodbyes tomorrow. Pray that we would transition back to the US and to the Christmas season with ease and would not get frustrated.