Today was our last work day. As you know we've been working on the roof of the new kitchen and bathroom at the school. After many issues throughout the week, we were finally ready to tackle the end of the job today. We got to the school with fully charged drill batteries and an excitement to soon see all of our hard work come to completion.
Once we got to the school, although the batteries were charged, our drills wouldn't work. The only one we had hobbled along for 2 screws until it died. We were about ready to forget the whole project...
We finally got ahold of Jean Alix and he told us that he would buy us some roofing nails so that we could finish the job. Hallelujah!
They wouldn't get to us until after noon and there was a lot to keep us occupied with at the mission house so that's where we went.
We spent the next few hours doing some pretty hard work. Our girls continued to sift sand with the help of an old Haitian man with a shovel. They sifted at least one dump truck full of sand. It was pretty impressive. There was so much sand... Each time they would make a dent in the pile, another load would fill it up. Hearing that dump truck coming was the most disheartening sound!. Even so, they persisted!
The boys task for the morning was relocating large rocks to be used in a retaining wall around the mission complex. They went through hundreds of rocks ranging in size. The heaviest of the rocks, or boulders if you will, were carried by the one and only, the strongest of men, Jeff, who was able to carry one that would have taken 3 workers to lift. The workers were pretty impressed at his brute strength as well as all of the onlookers.
Although we were exhausted, we finished strong just in time for recess at the school. We were able to hang out for a bit before lunch.
After we ate, our nails had come. Now was the time! We were finally able to start the last part of the roofing process. We gathered all of our supplies. We hoisted the metal up, and as a team we nailed in the last pieces of tin. Shout out to John W for holding it down on the roof and manning the main hammer.
Once we finally finished with the roof, we celebrated! Hallelujah, praise the Lord, it is finished!!
As our last official task, we helped Jen sort out some VBS supplies to help prepare for the upcoming summer. Our team was a huge help for her and she is very grateful.
When we were leaving, Rosena and Junior came by. Rosena is an amazingly godly woman. She is the "house mom" at the boys home. She has been around for many years now. She got married last year and is expecting her first baby in May. We were able to pray over her, her baby boy, and her husband. It was a sweet time to fellowship with her.
Tomorrow is our last full day in Haiti. We will head to Petionville mid morning to visit the newest church plant, eat, and then do some souvenir shopping. We will head to the boys home after school lets out to play for a final time before leaving.
Pray for us tomorrow as we leave. Leaving is never easy because we have grown to love our friends here. Pray that we would finish our week well and would not miss any ministry opportunities.