There were a lot of people around today. There are two Haitian teams working in the rooms adjacent to us doing the ceilings and cabinetry work. Because school is out on Christmas Break we have had lots of extra help. The older boys helped us paint and carried concrete for the ceilings. There were lots of little boys playing inside with Jude so there were also marbles and little cars everywhere!
There were always kids coming in and out of the rooms we were in inspecting the progress. By the looks on their faces, you knew exactly who was going to be living in the room as they walked through. There was so much pride as they checked out their new bedroom. It's gonna be so great when it's finished!
After our work was done for the day, we went down to the well with some of the younger boys to get some water for the home. Each of our people had some form of container from an empty 5 gallon water bottle to an old vinegar canister. We got to see and experience first hand what it's like to pump long enough to fill a small container.
It's hard to imagine having to do that for every drop of water you use whether it's for drinking, cooking, showering, washing dishes or clothes, or small things like washing out paint brushes. It really made us think about how wasteful we are with this precious commodity.
We're exhausted after a full day that ended with a pretty great dance party. Looking forward to another full day tomorrow.
Here are some ways for you to pray for us:
- to have a productive work day
- safety while we work and travel
- continued conversations with our friends
- flexibility as we figure out the rest of our week with the new year holiday (Wed-Fri) break