Today was piso de cemento hoy – cement floor day.
Doug had this to say about it, “We all worked really hard today and got a lot accomplished. Mostly doors, windows and some trim left for tomorrow. Our family (Doug’s team) consists of a momma, Iris, and two teenage daughters. They carried cement buckets with the rest today, as did Iris’ elderly mother. They are so excited for their new home. Daniel (Ne) came back from the City today with gift baskets containing a perfect assortment of basic household kitchen stuff. We’ll present the gifts to them tomorrow along with the new mattresses. They don’t know about either of those so it will be a fun surprise.”
Later in the day, the ladies shared some Bible lessons with some kids at school.
In general, it seems like most of the women on the team are becoming close with many of the children that seem to constantly be around the sites. There are some great relationships being formed and there are sure to be some tough goodbyes coming very soon.
Oh, and did I mention there are some awfully cute puppies hanging around?
And what would a trip to the jungle be without a local Starbucks?! For those who love coffee, they have been given a rare treat. Cafe Abuela (coffee grandma) sells coffee beans from her shack, of which she is very proud. Each day, using a mortar & pestle, she grinds the beans and makes coffee for the crew. I’m told it’s extremely good!
Saturday is sure to be wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time as the homes get dedicated, the families receive their gifts, and everyone says their goodbyes. Please keep them all in your prayers.