Glad to be the sacrificial lamb that writes the first blog- no pressure. Let's begin with things that I learned on dîa uno:
1. Kiko has no opposition to deep V sleeveless t-shirts
2. If Cory tells you to save the old nails from the wood and straighten them with a hammer for re-use, it was a joke and you look like a idiot
3. Don't eat the salad.
4. Even if you tell the Bolivians you are a vegetarian, you must specify that means you ALSO don't eat chicken.
5. Emborrachado and Embarazada are two VERY different things.
6. Two Cafe con Leches and four Melatonin and you sleep like a champ
7. You cannot flush the toilet paper... enough said.
8. These Bolivians don't care if you smell like manure they will hug you until the sun goes down
As you can tell from the above, God threw out comfort zones about four tamales back. In all seriousness (which rarely occurs, so cherish it) there is nothing as pure and as endearing as the presence of God within La Luz Divina. It is a unique paradise of sorts where all walks of life come to love one another unconditionally and celebrate the beauty that God has created. Even if you tell bad jokes, can't carry more than one brick at a time, or even don't eat meat- they will love you for you.
May everyone back home feel our love from a continent away.
Chrissy in action straightening nails and using those muscles to bring down the roof:
ON DAY 3 WE....
Worked our butt's off! (Can 'butt' be said on a church blog?)
Moved 1,000 bricks from the second story to the ground.
Shoveled dirt and debris into tiny buckets and lowered them down via one awkward, albeit efficient, line.
Were told that buildings needed to come down in their entirety. This one and the one next to it...
Cleaned out the buildings before the demolition and...
Had lovely ladies help prepare our meal
Devoured bowls of the delicious Sopa de Mani (peanut soup), rice, chicken, salad, fruit and fresh juice.
Loved the soup. Even the niños ate their share.
Got serious with an axe and a brick wall. Pastor Cory went to town.
Gave Kiko the chance to earn the right to wear a tank top at the worksite. And he did.
Were left with massive piles of rubble to be hauled away one wheelbarrow at a time.
Worked as a team to accomplish A LOT in one day.
Were quite pleased with our result.
Played with the niños preciosos at the end of our work day. It was a great reward.
Tomorrow there are bound to be quite a few sore bodies but that won't stop us. We're popping advil and are on to more digging, shoveling and hauling on Day 4.
Fri, July 20, 2012
by Steph Villa Davis