The sun is shining and the midday heat is at its peak. It feels very hot but as far as we know it’s still cooler then Florida. We aren’t sure that seems right and have begun to question the accuracy of the thermometer. We have not had a single drop of rain which we are all fine with.
Sunday church was held here at the place we are staying and it was a blessing to worship with our fellow believers. We sang several songs in Italian… or at least we tried to. Some of the songs we knew in English so it was easy to sing a long while they sang in Italian. I (Blair) gave the message for the service while speaking with a translator. It was really neat to see how they ran the church service. We started with singing, then we did a presentation with 3 songs, then I got up to speak followed by prayer from the congregation. We ended with some more singing then visited for a bit after the service.
The rest of Sunday we did our verse review. They have 19 verses to memorize and the team members say a review on Sunday. What ever verses they miss they write out to help them get God’s word into their heart. This is an important part of the summer for them as they can lean on these verses the rest of their lives. We also did our team quizzing where they get points for getting one correct. We had 2 teams competing to see who would win. They did very well with a tie in points – 130 points each. They get 20 points for the first correct answer and 10 points for each correct answer after that. They lose 10 points for any missed questions. We encourage all of them to try their best and to not give up. They all did great and we are proud of their hard work and good attitudes.
Today we got back to work cleaning up the grounds and working on the foundation that will later become a small cabin that will house 4 people. We have been filling all the extra space in the foundation with rocks, so the team has been hauling a lot of rocks to use as fill. We have just about finished painting the bathroom doors for each stall and will hopefully start painting the main hallway white in the next few days. With it being as hot as it has been we do most of our work in the morning and late afternoon while having classes in the middle of the day.