August 16 Day 11
Most mission trips have their ups and downs. Today we experienced both. We waited for some metal siding supplies to be delivered but they never came and our time is running short. Then out of nowhere in the afternoon five of the twelve windows were delivered. We soon realized the windows had no glass or knobs and didn’t fit our window openings correctly, but we can at least mount them tomorrow with some shims and a glazer can finish them off after we have left.
That’s it in a nutshell. You start out enthusiastically and then realize not everything is going to go right. Then you adapt. Then you get enthusiastic again. It’s like jumping rope. You get in, you get snagged, and you get back in line to try again. Here’s the secret- your attitude determines whether it’s a good day or not.
Each of us spent the day in productive ways. I finished the mesh ventilation around the second floor with a couple of young men. Joel worked on the downstairs ceiling. Paul oversaw the progress on the upstairs ceiling and roof structure and Tommy (in his official day back) got his stitches out and then returned to us and assisted in lots of areas
As usual the morning was broken up at 10am by a tea (or chai) break. This gives us time to rethink things, connect with the people and just enjoy each other. There is also a lunch break around 1pm each day with a combination of two of the following items: white rice with carrot shavings, boiled kale, green gram beans, or cornmeal mash (ugali), it varies each day.
Today saw a special thing happen. The wood pile was moved, some of the ladies swept a large open spot and the young girls used one of our construction ropes to start a jump rope competition. For about one hour they all jumped, laughed, sang, and showed off their skills. Even one of the young women got involved just to show the younger ones who’s the boss! Every one of us stopped at some point to watch them. We laughed, and cheered them on. But you won’t find any pictures of us jumping, we all agreed that could be used as blackmail material later. So we just enjoyed from a distance.
They all jumped in, they all got snagged, and they all got back in line to try again. It’s all in your attitude. That’s Huruma!
Psalm 143:8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Submitted by Pastor Thom Turner
A view of the new second floor as your walk up to the school gates.