Second Day on Build Site

Trip Start Jun 28, 2011
Trip End Jul 02, 2011

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Flag of Mexico  , Baja California,
Thursday, June 30, 2011

Second day on the build site, we began working on finishing the house because today we will present the keys to the Martinez Hernandez Family.  Laura Martinez Hernandez was so pleased with what we were doing, she wanted to make us pozole, a Mexican stew.   A lot of people were working on the house but Lupe (another volunteer) and I went in the (old) house the family lived in to help Laura make the pozole. 

About noon the second day, the house is almost complete.  The roof is being put on, the trim is being painted and final touches are being made.  One problem they had was getting the door lock installed.   All the guys got together and managed to solve the issue.  The painting on the inside was complete and we were getting close to completion. 

One of the things the Martinez Hernandez family didn't know was that a house wasn't the only thing they were getting.  A surprise to them was that they were also getting a trip to the grocery store.  In addition, they didn't know that while they were at the grocery store, all the volunteers were putting together furniture for the inside of the house AND bringing in housewares, installing a stove, putting away dishes AND putting up curtains.  This will be a surprise to them which will be unveiled when they walk in the house.

Everything was complete and we had a few minutes to sit in the shade of the house we built and reflect on our accomplishments.

When the family returned from the grocery store, all the volunteers and the Martinez Hernandez family stood in a circle in front of the house.  Pastor Chris started the ceremony by taking the keys to the front door and having each volunteer touch the keys and talk about what the last two days meant to them.  Most people had tears in their eyes as they shared their feelings and experiences.  My feelings are that it is important to keep in mind that we were doing God's work.  This effort wasn't for me or Larry, it is part of an outreach to bring people to God.  I'm thankful we were in a position to help a family in need and along the way, it made a change in us.  It feels good to give and be around people that also give.  It also feels good to be with people (such as the Martinez Hernandez Family) that appreciate what we have done for them.

After each volunteer had touched the keys and given their testimonial, the keys, a plaque and a bible were presented to the family.  The family was told to go into the house by themselves and when they were ready, open the door and we would come in.  When we went into the house, hugs, crying, hugs, crying, prayers and words of appreciation flowed.  It was a touching experience.

Next, the Martinez Hernandez family wanted to give back and we were served the pozole by Laura and her sister.  DELICIOUS.

We said our goodbyes to the family and headed back to the YWAM facilities in Baja for the evening.  Tomorrow we are going to the orphanage.  In preparation for the orphanage the next day, the St. Peter's leader, Chelsea, put together a biblical skit for the kids.  We had to practice our lines.  Since we are also doing arts and crafts for the kids, Dina showed us how to make balloon animals.

Reflections of the day:  It is such an amazing feeling to do something with a group of people to give to someone else in need and give to a family that appreciates it.  I feel myself changing for the better.  It is indescribable, the feeling to be around all the YWAM people who are so unselfish, considerate and giving.  They are giving to people in need full time as opposed to our few days in Baja.  I envy them and enjoy being around them and continue to do more of God's work.   Doing God's work is a great feeling.
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