Work Day 2 Brazil
Trip Start Sep 20, 2013
7Trip End Sep 28, 2013
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This AM we hand sanded the cement walls of a 12x12x9 ft classroom (that already has a roof) and plastered the walls while the ceiling dust rained down into our hair and onto our faces etc. Was hard, hot, dark work in an unventilated room.
While this was happening our Portuguese guide, team member Susan, and the pastor went shopping for all of the floor tile for the classrooms and the paint and purchased it with $1500 from the money we brought.
We had another amazing noon dinner including rice and beans and finished off with passion fruit mousse. It was meaningful that Luna, the chief cook, prayed our blessing today during which we ALL joined hands and bowed our heads as we gathered under the 60 ft tall Mango shade tree
After lunch a little boy we have befriended invited Deb, Holly, and Nancy to see his nearby home. He is 11 and has pushed wheel barrows, shoveled pebbles, etc tirelessly for the last two days. He wears a baseball cap and is clean, neat, and well mannered. We were SHOCKED when we saw that his home is a very small 2 rm shack with holes on the sheet tin walls and almost no furniture except for an old sofa. His mother was in an accident and cannot speak. He has 3 siblings. This home did not appear to have a toilet or running water. We did not take any pictures as we were too embarrassed, but this was our discomfort and not his as he proudly showed us his home.
So this was VERY AFFIRMING to us of the importance of this church and this SHADE and FRESH WATER project to these wonderful children in this poorest of neighborhoods in Manaus.
After dinner the cement mixer that arrived this AM (and was rented with money we brought) was cranked and began to spew forth cement. Everyone cheered. These young local men have actually run up these steep steps to the roof for hrs and hrs carrying these heavy buckets of concrete. The cement is then dumped into a wheel barrow, and the filled wheel barrow is very carefully rolled out onto the roof structure on boards that will support its wt. Then the wheel barrow is emptied and the cement spread. VERY labor intensive. But it got totally finished tonight! We then offered supper to the workers even though the church ladies had not planned on them eating with us. What an amazing treat...God had to divide the fresh fish that was grilled for us. What an incredible bonding experience for all of the workers, both Brazilian and Gringos. Then after dinner we all went to a worship/prayer service focusing on the joy we as Christians should exhibit in everything we do as outlined in Psalm 100. What a day of incredible blessings.
Please continue your prayers as we are physically tiring. But we are no longer a team of 7, but a team of local workmen, children, the pastor and his wife, and the many women that are working in the kitchen to keep us fed and hydrated.
Thank you for your support and interest. We hope sharing this information will encourage you to pray and consider your future involvement in future Misson trips with our churches.