Hello Uprising family! I come to you from the morning of Day 3 posting about Day 2. Yesterday was all around great. God has shown us the need here and our team seems perfectly suited to meet that need. We have 3 different work sites. One site is the Methodist Church here in Carrillos. There is A LOT of work being done on this place. Our group had the honor of finishing laying the concrete of a floor for a new set of rooms and putting mortar on the walls. This involves making concrete in a concrete mixer. We have the mix the correct quantities of rock, sand, cement, and water in a mixer and then put it in wheel barrows and take it to the room where it needs to be laid. This is EXTREMELY labor intensive, but our crew got it all done without complaint. Ross Harbert, Jeff Kemp, and I retrieved the 110 pound bags of cement, Jackie Kemp filled the buckets with sand and rock, Mara Jacobson operated the concrete mixer, and Madi Claus and Hannah Hausman leveled the conrete. There is also work being done at a home here in Carrillos. We are building a new house which involves set posts after digging post holes, prepping the roof rafters, digging a hole for a septic tank, setting in the walls, and more. There is also work being done at a Pentecostal church. We are busting up a concrete stage which must be removed. This is super intense work. In the afternoons at the Pentecostal church we are hanging out with neighborhood kids and having a time similar to our VBS. We play games, sing songs, etc. It has been very cool. There is a big group of kids that shows up every day!
Yesterday evening we went and worshipped at the Methodist church we have been working at. They have drums, electric guitar, and a keyboard like us, but the music is different. We were invited up to sing what seems to be our theme song for the trip, "La Montana". It's all in spanish and your student will be able to sing it for you with enthusiam when we get home...We walked back last night and went straight to bed, before 10pm. Everyone is exhausted, but joyful. We are eating really well and Strong Missions is a top notch organization that does a lot of great work here in Carrillos. They are organized, safe, and really know their stuff.
Everyone is safe, no injuries or sickness, just really tired muscles. Please continue to pray for our safety, for God to show us the need and for us to meet the need, and for the Holy Spirit to be evident in all we are doing.
Until the next blog post....