Today, day 7of our trip, our 4th day to work at the boys home. Probably the longest exhausting day yet. God gave us some much needed rest, which was greatly appreciated, but honestly couldn't have got through the day with out starting it out in the word. Waking up 6:30 for our daily quiet times (Todays devo: calling on the the name of God throughout the day , He finds Joy when we call on Him throughout our day) " come near to God and he will come near to you" James 4:8 Then had some amazingly delicious breakfast fuel: mango, banana, eggs, bacon, bread& cinnamon rolls. Had team prayer for our day followed by our daily 30 min. drive to the boys home. Arriving and seeing all the progress in the short time we've been here working was simply amazing on one hand and on the other hand seeing more of the same stuff was waiting to be done is a different story. New loads of rock waiting to be moved, workers already working with cement ready to be passed to the mortars. Not wasting much time we quickly found our routine "places people places" -Jeff , got assembly
line going passing rocks/cement one-by-one down the side of future missionary compound building. As work was being done we have encourage teammates to pray silently for those we come in contact with while working whether it boys or church members or even the paid workers. Some were seen praying outloud with fellow church members, others building conversations with teammates(getting know eachother better/their"story"), and some learning creole and teaching english with the workers. Had lunch spaghetti , meatball sandwiches and granola cookies. After, kids were at recess running around with so much joy, we were able to play with them for a little bit and just share God's Love with them. Before returning back to work we had a team prayer admitting to the Lord that we can't do this alone we are tired, give us strength, to shine His light in every rock we pass every conversation we have. Continuing on we went back to work doing everything we could to motivate and encourage. Whether it was random songs or talking. Finishing work on the wall, we headed up to the orphanage where we got to see some of the boys we hadn't seen today. Some teammates were able to meet the kids they had investing time in prayer for. Some goof around, watch the boy be boys, wrestle, and take pictures of them. Headed home to Pastor Jean Alix Paul's House to clean up, relax, nap, play cards, journal, snack, play with Jean Alix's kids, and most of all avoid Darryl (their BIG Rot Wieler Dog). We had pork chops, broccoli, potatoes, spaghetti, and rolls for dinner. Following the boys were forced to do dishes, then we had our usual team time where we talk about snapshots of how each of our day went.
Some snapshot from today were:
The idea that the masons have to shape and chip away the rock to fit in the wall they want it to, in the same way the Lord shapes and molds us to the person he wants us to be. (Image of Christ)
Two younger boys from the community just jumped and started helping pick up rocks and pass them, one barefoot both with no gloves. Just seeing the Joy coming from them to be able to help us. We were tired and here they are wanting to step in and give a hand.
One of the workers mixing concrete gave his lunch to his son who was at recess. Just seeing him working harder than any one there give up what he had to his son. (being provider,and loving father)
Pray for our team as we prepare for our final days.
Pray for strength and rest.
Pray for patience and endurance.