It is Monday morning and Nestor's bus was delayed due to traffic- a familiar issue in LA! Our day's work started about 9:30 a.m. to work on Pastor Walter´s soon-to-be home. The first assignment was to clean the rooms - not having windows had left the rooms full of dust and debris, in addition to our work shoes, work clothing, etc. All hands got busy so the area would be clean to start painting - with our goal to have all the rooms painted with two coats before the end of the day. The stairs to enter the home had no railing and were held up by one brace. I did not see the brace until we were leaving - lucky for me! When all the paint, work gloves, paint brushes, buckets, and paint rollers arrived, everyone worked at warp speed. We had to move as fast as we could because it was bitterly cold with winds kicking up periodically. In the end, we applied 17 gallons of paint in the living room, hallway, and one of three bedrooms! The ceilings in the house are very high and the views from the house are beautiful. I actually took a few moments to enjoy the sights.
By our 12:30 p.m. lunch break, we had finished the living room and one bedroom with at least one coat of paint. Our goal was in sight!
The ladies of the church served a most welcome meal with hot soup, a meat lasagna, rice, yucca, and garlic bread. We had a few moments to thaw our hands and nourish ourselves after the heavy work completed. As an additional treat, we celebrated Chris' birthday. The ladies had baked a beautiful strawberry cake. It was perfect until Pastor Walter had Chris do a face plant into the outer edge of the cake. This is an unusual tradition and very entertaining to watch! We sang songs in English and Spanish. The people from the church are a music-loving group, which makes for a lively joyous atmosphere! After lunch, our group split up. Some painted at the pastor's house, and while others participated in Vacation Bible School filled with excitement with crafts, puppet shows, and songs for about 40 children. The spirit was with us all.
The rain and wind continued thought the day. We were able to finish all the painting and then boarded Nestor's bus back to he hotel to freshen up. We continued Chris' birthday celebration with steaks at the Tigo Restaurant. We had all earned it! It was welcome food, however the heating in any building we were in did not exist - so we bundled up throughout dinner. The best part was when they brought a chocolate brownie with ice cream and a giant sparkler. What a show! We returned to the hotel and discussed the impact this trip has had on each of us, and set the plan for tomorrow.
Good night to you at Montrose Church! It is such a privilege to serve the Lord in this way.
Tue, July 23, 2013
by Janet Hamilton filed under