August 15 Day 10
One of the things about staying at Heart Lodge, in addition to being fed well and able to recovery daily, is the fact that you meet so many interesting people. Like the group of women who came from New York to do a week of ministry in a church in Nairobi, but also to see one of their own get married to a man she met here. Or the man from Argentina who works for his denomination as an area supervisor for missionaries. Or the young men working for in the international justice field who are here for meetings with colleagues in the field. WE see suitcases come and suitcases go every day in the parking lot. For us the stay has been pleasant and it has allowed us to be refreshed each day we go to the ministry site.
Today Tommy and I helped put up the ventilation screens on the structure and the work progresses on the second floor. Paul worked overhead on the second story joists and Joel was inside the first floor strengthening the floor joists. At one point, all the work was being done by locals and our party stood and watched as they raised roof joists into place. These young men take great pride in their work and hopefully will care for this building long term.
One young man has become dear to my heart. HIs name is Pierce and he is about 13. He is very helpful and inquisitive. He is a good translator for me also – we need each other. We joke together as we work. I have taught him how to use a drill and how to use a speed square. He has even used the power saw under the supervision our team. Pierce keeps asking me if I can leave him my suitcase. At first I thought it was because we brought t-shirts for everyone on day 2 in the suitcase, then I thought maybe he wants to travel, but now I know it is because he wants a place to put his clothes at home. All of what he owns would fit in a suit case. How about you? Could you fit everything that you own in a suitcase? What if you only had one suitcase, what would you keep to put in it?
One of the rewarding parts of the day is getting to sit and eat lunch with these wonderful people who are letting us come to their home and help them build. Great conversations occur and we learn so much about each other. There are wonderful Christ followers who are helping with this build and there are some who do not know Jesus yet. Pray that our testimony would be effective. That we would have tender hearts to hear their questions and the right words that might lead them to Christ.
Submitted by Pastor Thom
vs.9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good reward for their toil.
vs. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!