Mexico Update - Tuesday
By Pastor Mikel
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Today we began the adventure of building a house for our Mexican family. We had a very special time getting to know Yuri and her five children at the work site. Yuri shared how the gift of this house was a tangible example of God's love and grace to her family. She shared how last summer she ran out of food and didn't know how she was going to feed her five kids and how "coincidentally", Heather, one of the One Life One Chance leaders "happened" to come by that very day with food for her. That was how the process began for her to get this house. God's timing is great! It was quite emotional to hear her share her desire to provide for her family and her inability to do so, all the while we could see her current home made of cardboard in the background. She wanted us to know that we were an answer to her prayers for help.
We ended up spending an extended time with her in the morning as our lumber hadn't been delivered yet. Fortunately, Pastor Victoriana was there as well and invited our team to practice our Bible skits and songs in her church as we waited for the lumber to arrive.
At 11:30 am our lumber finally arrived and we began working as fast as we could to make up for the lost time. We weren't just making up the lost time from that morning but also the fact that we have one less day to build our house than we normally would because of our flights. I was very proud our team as they jumped at it. It was quite amazing as Craig Meadow, Nick Braam and Rob Wall directed building different walls as I held the instructions and directed where each piece of cut wood should go.
The nails never stood a chance as our team hammered away. For some of our team members this was the first time ever hammering and by the end of the day they were hammering like the pros. It was also the first time for many team members to use a chop saw and circular saw. It was satisfying to watch as they experienced that power first hand. More than one team member raised their arms in victory as they finished using the saw.
As we continued to build, some of the team went off to prep the material brought to be used in the schools that we will visit this week. With God's help and eager hearts we managed to put the walls and roof up today.
Our goal for tomorrow is to sheet the roof and paint the walls of the house. We will also have our first visit to a local school. Apparently the school is very excited for us to come as they have been waiting and hoping a group would show up with the labour unrest. Please pray that tomorrow would go peacefully as the companies will be officially responding to the demands of the labourers. Hopefully, they will get what they want and no violence will erupt if the response is not what they want.