Our first day of work

Trip Start Jul 26, 2013
Trip End Aug 11, 2013

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Flag of Mozambique  , Inhambane,
Monday, July 29, 2013

After arriving yesterday from Johannesburg, we were greeted by our friends from Cambine, who then drove us to our home for the next two weeks. It was great to see them all again and return to the guest house. Two years ago, our project was to help refurbish the guest house, and now we are staying in it for a second time. What a blessing to enjoy the fruits of our labor and know that many others have been able to visit Cambine and stay here as well. This guest house actually employees three individuals and provides some income for the compound as well.

Today was our first full day of work. It was a gorgeous day with a lovely breeze. We started the morning by moving part of the wood supply from the storage to the work area. The highlight of the day was working with the seminary students. It was a great opportunity to get to know them a little bit and begin to put names to faces. It was really fun to see faces from past visits. Rather than them spending time in their classes, we worked side by side. The female students and some of our women painted the tin roofing materials, while the male students worked on spreading the newly arrived truckload of dirt in the courtyard area and helped the rest of our team with framing the roof. We really felt good about the amount of work we accomplished, especially since the first day is a lot of getting organized.

Also, our friend Sevelito - a 20+ year old from the orphanage who is a deaf mute. We have spent time with him each of the last two years, so today he very excitedly and warmly greeted us. He then worked with each of the crews part of the day.

Everyone seems tired tonight, still adjusting to the jet lag and a hard day's work. But we are joyful in the all that we are doing.

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Karen R on

Dear team -- Thinking of you constantly and grateful for the posts that help imagine what you're doing. Thank God for beautiful weather and hard work. And Ibuprofen! Pace yourselves - don't pull any muscles you'll need for 13 more days! Take your pills, and thanks for carrying our love to Cambine.

Pat &Gary on

So glad to hear about your work in Cambine. Miss all our friends we made there. Give all a big hug for us. Blessings to all as you continue to be Christ's hands and feet. Be safe, eat well, rest often. We send our love.

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