Day 3 – Up on the Roof
Just a brief synapse of the events after Ryan wrote to you yesterday. For dinner we had Chile Relleno, and it was another delicious and filling authentic Mexican meal. Isabella roasted the Chile Peppers on the open flame of the gas stove, and eventually they set of the smoke detector, 4 times. It provided a little wake up call for some of those taking their afternoon siesta. The Chile Peppers were a little too spicy for some, but all the team agrees that the Chicken Enchiladas are our favorite Mexican meal so far.
We went to Wednesday night worship service at Arbol de Vida Church , which is Spanish for “Tree of Life.” We started off singing several Contemporary Christian songs. The band was amazing and Pastor Francisco plays the drums! Wednesday night service is more of a Bible Study than traditional worship service. We studied the book of Jonah, and learned hand motions so a song about Jonah. I didn’t understand the words, but really enjoyed participating with the hand motions (think Chicken Dance). Pastor Francisco is a dynamic speaker. It was joyful to watch all the congregation dance, sing, read, and pray!
We started our day with a 5:00 wake up call. Today’s job was tearing off and replacing the roof. The early start was critical to avoid the heat of the day. It was a dirty hot job, but one that all our team was able to help with. The new metal roof looks shiny and new, but got pretty hot as the sun rose higher. We finished the roof on the front room, but still have work to do on the roof for the back room tomorrow. It is interesting to watch our team find ways to complete our job when we have to improvise because we don’t have the right tools. I enjoyed watching Pedro, our work leader from Oasis, share the gospel with Pedro, the shut in man we are helping. I could see the emotion well up in Pedro the shut in’s eyes as he was hearing about God’s love for him.
We quit around 11:30, and had lunch back at Oasis. We enjoyed our traditional worksite Peanut Butter & Jelly, supplemented with some cheese, chrizo, papaya, and mango.
We are headed off to do some crafts with the Oasis Boys now. Our daily devotional will be before dinner led by Maggie. Then we are headed off to the Immigrant House, where those who are unable to cross the US Boarder or have been deported find refuge. We will be providing dinner for them and sharing the Love of God.
We hope that you are experiencing the Love of God back at home!