One day at school, Kaylin and I decided to talk to Mr. Smith during snack to ask about this mission trip to Bolivia. Herb only had wonderful things to say about the people, food, and the experience as a whole and encouraged us to go on it. I thought about that today as Herb, Kaylin, and I were hanging out and talking here in a country thousands of miles away from CV high. Being here for 9 days has not only validated all of Herb's stories of the trip, but has exceeded any expectations I could have ever had.
As the days go on, it becomes harder to wake up in the mornings, easier to fall asleep on the bus ride from the work site to the hotel, and more necessary to pop a couple of Advil before going to bed. Nonetheless, I'm proud to say I've been waking up with lots of energy recently even when others are feeling a little under the weather. I feel like God has given me the strength this entire trip to push on even when running on little sleep. Besides work, I've become better friends with the Bolivians. There's this guy, Nestor who happens to be one of the drummers and the worship leader at the church. This guy's a total baller. Every day after lunch we jump on the drum set where we have a little exchange. He shows me how to play different latin beats, and I show him how to play jazz. Done. On the first night of sports, I had a bad serve in a game of volleyball. He shouts across the court in spanish "Its okay Kiko, at least you're good at drums" -_- I guess this guy can do it all.
If there's one person who has stood out in my mind on this trip it is this little girl named Adriana. I'm usually working outside and don't get much time to hang out with the kids. But just seeing her beautiful smile makes my day. Even at such a young age, Adriana has this abundance of joy in the Lord and her heart is full of a love that she emanates onto all those around her. The other day, I was on my hands and knees laying bricks, when all of a sudden I feel a rope going around my neck. She called me "Kiko perrito", or Kiko the little dog. and walked me all around. At the end of our little walk she points to the dirty water and says, "drink". Then points to the left over cement and says "this is your food." This was a great bonding moment for us.
There's nothing more I'd like to do than take her back to the US and put her on Disney Channel.
Only 3 more days left here..laying more bricks tomorrow. Lets do this!#yolo
Kiko showing off his guns in his tank top.
ON DAY 9 WE...
Began the day with three layers of bricks. We couldn't imagine the progress we'd make today.
Were impressed with Wendy's brick laying skills.
Were taught a new great brick laying technique by Favian.
Watched Justin master yet another project.
Even have time to snuggle little ones and play games in the midst of all the work.
Ate another delicious lunch. The plantains were a hit.
Love this family!
Can't get enough of the 'Pounce' game.
Built the walls up so high that Kaylin can barely see over them!
Are killin' it.
Thu, July 26, 2012
by Steph Villa Davis filed under