Sunday, June 22, 2008
by Christine Eyde
Just when I assumed I was finished! After a majority of the group left yesterday, I had resigned myself to the fact that the trip was pretty much over for me. I was just hanging out and we were going to help out with Parkway Church.
This morning we returned to Jose and Heidi´s barrio – 6. We attended church, the first song they sang was a very familiar one to most of us Ven, del mismo modo que lo son, a practicar el culto. (Come as You are To Worship) – first sung in Spanish and then again in English. They did a few songs in Spanish and then Open The Eyes of Your Heart (one of my personal favorites). The service was quite moving. We opened with communion. Jose spoke about how you do matter, you are significant to God and the work he has in store for you. Mike translated during the service. An older women who looked very Grandmotherly came before the church to accept Christ during the closing of the service.
After lunch it was time to hit the dirt with work! We worked on the ever popular football field from earlier this week. We all chipped in and to help with many different aspects. I shoveled rock, lifted rock into the cement mixer, shoveled sand, lifted sand into the mixer, carried water in buckets from the storage tank, lifted them into the cement mixer and even got to wheel the cement and pour into the pad! We all just pitched in as needed, it was very rewarding!
Once the work for the day was done, yes, you guessed it, time for Volleyball for the women and a friendly game of football (aka soccer) for the guys. Jose lead the Peruvian team of men as Mike lead the American´s. Each team won one game a third was played, I am not sure the outcome. I must say, I was impressed with the American´s they played a great game and it was fun to watch!
I happy to report, we were able to check out the handy work of the latrine from earlier this week that was started by myself, Richard and Steve. The septic tank we started was finished with a cement pad across the top and the brick wall is in place. We have a plumber in this group who will start the shower and piping work tomorrow.
What a day, I am so glad I was able to experience it here. Mark was a little under the weather and stayed behind but will be joining us tomorrow. Sadly, for the two of us, it will be our last day here….for this year.
We will hear from the team later, but today they all spent the night in Cuzco and went up to Machu Picchu. The internet was slow; we will look forward to seeing the pictures!