Morning: Finally, warmth!! After four days of cold – day and night (restaurants were not heated!!) we welcomed the warm sunshine. We started the day with prayer led by Pastor Walter. Most of us don’t know the language, but we could feel the message of this morning’s prayer. We had three teams working. Ann, Janet, and Elsa worked on the new Sunday School classroom, painting the walls a vibrant orange, staining the beams, and painting the ceiling white. It’s almost ready for the board to be placed on the wall and the niños to come scampering in. Another team was continuing their enladrillado (brickwork) on the new restrooms (men’s and women’s) and the new church kitchen. Our apprentice bricklayers (Pastor Dave, Sunni, Maddie and Chris) may have a new calling. The third team (Peter, Tim and myself) were assisting Michael with the concrete flooring in the Pastor’s house. By the end of the day, the floor was almost complete.
Towards the end of the day, around 4:00 p.m. a delivery of 1,000 ladrillos (bricks) arrived, but no forklift or other device to move them all to the back of the building. So, we formed an assembly line of about 20 people and moved the bricks by human conveyor belt. Not the most efficient method - but here you use the tools you have.
The day ended with cake, of course! Five days, five cakes! This one baked by the ladies here at church. We also had cuñape (bread cheese balls). These are the traditional afternoon snacks that are served with tea or coffee. The dough is made with yucca flour, which is cactus that tastes similar to potatoes, and is muy delicioso!
This is my third trip here. The experience each year is a little different, but what remains constant is the spirit of the team and the love and compassion of the folks from Luz Divina. We are working together and serving each other every day. Peter 4:10-11 says: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God: whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” These words express best how it feels to be a part of the Luz Divina/Montrose Church team.
My final thought - I think of the song “This Little Light of Mine” constantly as I see the spirit of these precious friends. This church is appropriately named Luz Divina - Divine Light. This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine!!
Fri, July 26, 2013
by Wendy Jacoby filed under