Another morning of rush rush rush. I was very quick with my breakfast: rice chex, soy milk, mango, papaya and banana. Ron helped me get on the bus. I was on time but . . . `where is camera?’
Mom was late but she brought my camera and everything was just fine!
Wednesday morning on the bus there was much excitement in the air! It would be our last day. Renee had prepared festivities and was trying to hide a very big piñata. There was no way to hide the bed going down the mountain to the work site, to the new house, to the grateful family.
We worked on the last things. I helped with more measuring and with cleaning up: walking around and picking up garbage. I also walked around with a bucket picking up little scraps of wood. Then I dumped the wood in the wood pile for the family to use for cooking. I took lots of photos. We were all excited!
The family brought us a snack: a beautiful cake. I had a little piece and I did not get sick. Later we had lunch and got ready for the Dedication and the party!
Pastor Bruce came and we had the Dedication.
The father, Ricardo, gave thanks to God for us and he prayed `We can’t pay you for this house for your work but the LORD can and will repay you.’
Leah read from Philippians chapter 1: Being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.’ I think she was thinking about the work of the house and the encouragement it would be to the family for the rest of their lives; it also fits for us—the encouragement that our experience of building it would be to us the rest of our lives.
Mike read a verse from Colossians: Whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the LORD Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through Him. And he talked about the honor it was to have been here and how blessed we were.
I read from Psalm 27 because that is the Psalm I have been memorizing this summer:
One thing I have desired of the LORD
that I will seek
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life
to behold the beauty of the LORD and to enquire in His temple.
More thanks were given and more prayers and then we did the piñata which was really fun! Lots of photos and cleaning up our stuff: carrying the tools up to Brandon’s truck, giving away the last of the toys we brought, picking up our trash and then our final `goodbye’ and last look at the house before we got on the bus back to our compound.