a heart for africa

2011: Day 7

Posted by on Aug 5, 2011 |

What an awesome day (seems like we say that alot)!! Everyone worked really hard. We split up into 2 teams and headed off to do two different projects. One worked on a greenhouse and one worked on the construction of a house for a family supported by a family in our church.

The Greenhouse team had to “mine” the sand and the gravel from the river bed. They had to pick up the rocks one at a time from what they had dug up. Then they had to carry what they had gathered up a hill about 100 yards. Then the post holes for the greenhouse in dirt that might as well have been rock (really hard). Then we mixed about a 10 wheel barrow loads of cement to support the posts in the holes. Made a “bucket-brigade” to pass the cement to fill the holes for the supports. We also dug a trench around the entire greenhouse to hold the fabric from being blown away. We will be returning tomorrow to assemble the structure so the fabric can be pulled over.

The construction team showed up to the work site and jumped right in. They began to mix cement (by hand) to finish the walls…helped lay bricks and do some finish mortar work which required getting water from the river. Filling up 5 gallon jugs, from a hole dug in the ground, and carrying them up a hill about 100 to 150 yards away. Then we worked the soil…HARD SOIL!! We picked at the ground, shoveled and moved alot of dirt. And of course…played with the kids.Needless to say, EVERYONE WORKED HARD!!!!!Lots of sweat and dirt. What a great feeling to really be helping our friends here.
We love you,
Your Africa Team
p.s. The picture of Cindy holding the child?  Well, the father wanted her to take her home with us so that his daughter could have a better life because he can not provide for her…there is a part of all of us, that we wish it could happen…GOD IS GOOD!!! He has the plan.
James 1:27
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”