From left to right: Kelty, Derik, and David (the homeowner) mixing cement for the floors
Then Jesus spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing! (John 9:6-7)
We began our day today by eating juevos Mexicano (Mexican eggs) made by our wonderful hosts at Frank’s house. Think scrambled eggs mixed with cheese, onions, green peppers, and Mexican spice; all the good stuff! We mixed the teams one final time, adjusting for a few scrapes, bruises and sick stomaches, and then made the final journey to David’s house and Maria’s house.
David’s team experienced riding the morning bus to meet our driver for the day. We were serenaded by a trio of musicians (guitar, drum and flute player) while the bus was in motion. Talented musicians and great balance to boot! Once on the work site, the team at David’s house placed the floor in all three rooms, finally using the cement mixer. In my decade-plus of mission work, this is the first time we’ve not had to mix it by hand. It was awesome! The team’s final work hours were spent back at Lee & Carol’s prepping rebar for cement and rooms for concrete.
Carol posted video on YouTube from our workday yesterday. Check those out!
Spring Breakers from Dakota Wesleyan – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4_B5qQKUZ4
Dakota Wesleyan Spring Breakers – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9U6H7X9JKQ
So, What Did You Do on Spring Break? – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvCGS3V52bw
At Maria’s house, the team mixed more mortar for the walls of the home and carried 16 wheelbarrows of dirt more than 5 blocks to prep the floor for concrete. The house now has 4 walls, about 3/4 completed! This team also visited the dump today to feed those who work there. The workers are not employed by the government but scavenge through the dump, standing next to huge vultures, to find anything of value to make money to feed their families. The team also fed about 65 local children, and passed out bags of fresh vegetables to each house on the street.
While some of our achievers felt like they did not work enough, it is not true; their impact will be felt for a long time to come. Our Mexican partners told us it typically takes locals years to build a home on their own. Our team has worked so fast and hard they have turned years into weeks. Years into weeks by giving up one spring break vacation.
For the Mexicans, this is a miracle. Our team models the fact that God takes very ordinary things and works extraordinary miracles through them. Mud and spit, a teenage girl, twelve dysfunctional disciples, and 17 willing servants from a small university in South Dakota. God will use all of us in amazing ways; all we have to do is to say yes!
The team with Maria and her children – from left to right, top to bottom: Maria, Charity, Amanda, Seth, Jeannette, Tanner, Liz, and Abby