Every morning we rise at 6:30am to the sound of roosters crowing, birds chirping, dog and cats fighting and people talking.
The first task every day is devotions, a time of reading the bible, praying and giving thanks to our gracious heavenly father for the things he has blessed us with. Our workday begins at 8am and we stop working at 6pm. This week during work hours, the team has been working on mixing cement for the base of the footer. The base is complete and the steel for the footer is in place and ready for cement to be poured. The Lord blessed us again with 4 extra wheel barrels full of cement for the base of the footer. On Wednesday 2,000 bricks arrived and have to be moved from the truck to the church. The team was really amazed by the amount of help they received from the Peruvian kids when the bricks arrived. About 10 Peruvian kids, ranging in age from 4-10, came running from around the corner with buckets eager to help them transport the bricks. It was really encouraging for the team to realize that when they feel overwhelmed or when the task ahead of them seems impossible, God will always provide and equip us in His timing. Early Tuesday morning we received rain! It was extremely muddy, wet and cold. It was definitely a nice change to the dry, hot and humid weather we have experienced since we arrived. We were blessed by some of the youth at the church who took their motorcars and picked up loads of saw dust to lay over the mud. It definitely made a difference and our boots didn’t feel like they weighed 10 pounds each. Our goal for the rest of the week is to finish the footer completely and begin laying bricks as well as pouring the concrete for the columns.
The past few days have been spent mixing cement for the base for the footer to the church building. Michelle accidently got hit in nose with a shovel while mixing cement. She just has a small cut, about ½ inch long. I have also been cleaning it twice a day and it is healing nicely. Everyone else is doing great and we are so blessed to have no major health issues!
Our team has been spending their free time ministering to the Peruvian people who live around the church. Alexandra is a young 16-year-old girl who lives across the street with her twin sister and niece. One of our girls shared her testimony and opened up about her parents being divorced. Because of her testimony, Alexandra accepted Christ into her heart. She is attending the church and her boyfriend is even going to start coming. Please remember to keep her in your prayers as she grows in Christ.
WORDS FROM THE TEAM MEMBERS:
“And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.’”
“This verse means a lot to me and I think the whole team can benefit from it. The part where it is talking about the Egyptians, we can relate that to the Peruvians. For at this moment we are here serving the Peruvian people, but once we leave many of us will probably never see them again. We need to not be afraid to share the gospel with the Peruvians as we might never come back. We need to make the most of every opportunity.”
“We have already been here over a week now and even though the time has flown by, it has been encouraging to see so much accomplished on the church and the team is growing closer and closer. What really amazes me is the kindness of the Peruvian people. Even though they have known us for a little over a week, they treat is as we are family and indeed have even told us that that they love us as their own family. I definitely miss my own family, however being here with such wonderful people is such a blessing and every minute spent with them is precious.”
“Peru is such a nice country. The people here are so kind, generous and sweet. The trees, plants, animals and weather are so beautiful. God has taught me a lot about being a Christian. I need to work hard, have a good attitude, trust in Him and be content in all situations.”
– James Morgan