Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Mule Gets More Rest

“You guys are valiant. Your hard work was inspirational because we know that you are not accustomed to working like this.”

I believe that G-d calls us to be faithful with the little things, and today our little thing seemed big. Today we carried an additional 100 bags of sand up a hill and across a field to the building site. For us weak gringos, this was a daunting task.

Hogar Is Where the Heart Is

For months, we had been making plans to build a house for Pastor Franklin, his wife Yolanda, and their baby. When one of Ana’s (Moshenek) friends heard that we were coming to attempt to do this, he decided to donate an entire crew of his workers to build as much of the house as he could in a day and a half. He even paid for the materials. The only responsibility that he gave us was to prepare meals, and bring the sand.

It was extremely hard work, in very hot conditions, but the L-rd gave Ben and I the strength to complete the task that he set before us, and then he chose to bless our work by using it as a ministry to the Ticos, who are used to lazy gringos.

At this point, we still need to build the second floor, roof, and interior of the house. The team that Cuyo sent has been a tremendous help, but there is always more to be done, and more materials to buy. Please ask for the L-rd’s blessing in this task, so that we can move forward and complete the pastor’s house quickly, as he is currently living in the tiny church building.


Anna Grace said...


Suggestion: maybe put the date somewhere in your post, because I know this didn't happen while you were in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Just a thought.

I really like Cuyo.

Phil B said...

Wow, that's commitment! That church building is a tough place for a family and I think they moved in in Jan as we were leaving.

Us gringos don't have a clue how good we have it!!

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

that's really awesome how quickly things got under way by saying yes to God. he is amazing. i am in awe of people so willing to do the work. i can't wait for brazil!