Visible progress

Posted on January 8, 2010

The team can hardly believe that Thursday has already come and gone! Today we have a lot of photos, (167) and includes a few secondary photographers! We continue to appreciate the kind words from home and appreciate your prayers. Kate had a good day today and was back on the job site. Thank you for your prayers for her!

All around, today was one of the most productive days construction-wise since our arrival. Part of the excitement was because we were really able to see progress. When we arrived on site this morning Victor and Antonio had already placed the two end trusses and were getting prepared to run a straight line string across the church. Throughout the rest of the day the team got the remainder of the trusses in place. Daryl, Victor, and Antonio welded them in place. Manuel, for the first time in his life tried welding. Victor, the expert on-site welder gave Manny an A grade! We will have to trust the grade because it was translated through Manny himself!

Those who weren’t helping in the church placing the trusses continued to paint. Today they spent the day painting the tin roofing. From a painting perspective this was much easier then the previous painting we had been doing all week. They got a lot of the tine roofing painted!

In the afternoon a group of about 35 children arrived for children’s ministry. Today’s story was on Daniel and the Lions Den. Dan played the character of Daniel while Sugey told the story and Kelly and Lea, dressed in Lion costumes, played the role of Lions. The children absolutely loved it! The children made sock puppet lions to take home. Dan and Sugey organized a crowd roaring “baloon game”. Both the adults and children absolutely love this game! The two remaining boys got so anxious to use there hands Dan and Sugey had to tie them behind there backs.

Later in the afternoon the team rushed home to get cleaned up to head back to El Viejo for a church service. Tonights service included worship, prayer and a message. During the service Sugey, Lea and Kelly sang the children’s song they have been singing all week with the kids. Later in the service Daryl preached a short sermon while Sugey translated. Sugey did a great job translating the message even though she was very nervous. After the service the team went for dinner and headed back to the hotel for debriefing, devotions and prayer.

Tomorrow morning we will head back to the work site to continue the work on the roof. Please be in prayer specifically for Victor who will specifically have the most dangerous job of welding. Pray that we will continue to develop stronger relationships with the children, workers, and people of the church. Please continue to prayer for the teams health and safety. Enjoy the photos!

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14 Responses to “Visible progress”

  1. avatar
    Mike Denlinger
    Jan 08, 2010
    Reply

    Good morning Team,
    Just got finished shoveling the driveway of about 3 inches of snow, really warms me up to see the wonderful pictures. Thank you for the update on Kate, prayers answered, we serve an Awesome God. Lea, you and Kelly look wonderful as lions and the kids look so very delighted with the puppets, the mane’s look great, I have been waiting to see them. Team, once again I praise the Lord for you and the wonderful work you are doing, thank you. You are in my prayers for good health and strength to keep doing the Lords work.
    God Bless you all,
    Mike


  2. avatar
    Steve & Donna Rineer
    Jan 08, 2010
    Reply

    i am definitely hooked on the blog!! first thing in the am and i visit your site and it help’s to energize me for the day! your visit to El Viego seems to be very intense. I guess you all realize by now, your lives will never be the same again. your hardest challenge will be to shift back into the american way of life. how blessed you young people are to have such an opportunity. never let yourselves forget that.
    i seen the picture of Abigail and Pearl! how are they?
    I missed Geoff on the slide show-is he still hard at work!?

    Daryl, i think you will need to give your sermon to us at pequea church..!!!!

    We had a heat wave yesterday. I think it got up to 39o! the weekend is suppose to be back to the antartic again..

    Daryl: we figured out if we leave your chicken lites on at night the bowl’s don’t freeze!, but,,, the chickens get to eat all night so you may have some really fat chickens by the time you get home. (i guess they may look like my cows!). I had my first calf on monday nite. she’s a cutie! we all got winter harvest done, thanks to our fearless leader John! yes, he was real patient with us.

    Marlin and Dottie, i admire you both so much! Marlin you look to be in your element. Tell Sugey, i think she is a remarkable young women!

    guess i don’t got a good quote for you all today but i will remind you; that, “God is Good”!


  3. avatar
    Jann Denlinger
    Jan 08, 2010
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    Hey Team! It was great to see the pictures…especially the ones of Jeremy working! Lea and Kelly looked ravishing as lions, and the children looked like they were having fun with the puppets-a picture I had been waiting to see! I have one question…were those chickens in a tree? Keeping you all covered in prayer as you finish up at the work site!


  4. avatar
    Lynnea Miller
    Jan 08, 2010
    Reply

    Hello!!
    So it looks like yesterday was a great day!! These pictures were fantastic! (and I was going to ask the same question about the chickens in the tree!?)
    Manny- Be safe when doing all that welding! 🙂
    Jeremy and Dan– I LOVE the pictures of you playing with the kids!!
    Lea– You and Kelly make great lions and it looks like you are having great success with the kids ministry (I told you not to worry 😉 ) Oh and if you see Luisa, Abigail, and Pearlita again, give them the BIGGEST hug for me!! It was so good to see their faces in these pictures!
    Sugey– I miss you and want to give you a huge hug!! You are a wonderful woman and it looks like you are doing an amazing job!

    Hope you have a productive and fun filled day again today! I look at the blog daily when I wake up and think about you guys all day!!
    Lynnea


  5. avatar
    Jim & Sonia
    Jan 08, 2010
    Reply

    Hi Team! Jim and I look forward to reading the blog and looking at the great pictures of your day. It was good to see more pictures of Jeremy and extra of him working. Lea and Kelly you ladies looked beautiful in your lion costumes. Daryl, way to go brother preach it. Sugey I am sure you did an awesome job.

    Manuel nice to see pictures of you with the kids. An A in welding 101, Great! What are you going to do next? or maybe I shouldn’t ask. How about sleeping, I see you have gotten some lessons from Marshall. Great picture!

    Kate, great to see you are back on your feet. We serve an amazing God.

    Mom and dad, you are doing a great job. Amazing how God bless you with so many children to take care of. Marlin you are in your element.

    We love you all and are praying for you all.
    Blessings on your new day!


  6. avatar
    Daleen Charles
    Jan 08, 2010
    Reply

    Hi Team,

    I can’t wait each day to check out the blog and look at the wonderful pictures. I am so proud of all of you! You are doing a great job on the site and with the kids. Dan- you seem to be a real natural with the kids.

    It is great to see the progress on the roof. Having been a part of two roof projects before in Nicaragua- it can seem slow and it also seems like you are painting tin forever! Don’t forget to sign your names on one of the roof tins.

    I will be praying for you all as you prepare to say good bye to all the great friends you have made.

    We love you and miss you. Looking forward to hearing all the details when you return!

    Love, Daleen


  7. avatar
    Pastor Dale
    Jan 08, 2010
    Reply

    Hi gang, I have been withholding my greetings thinking you might need to call on me to come to your rescue but you are doing so well that I guess I will just stay in the cold north. Since Sugey learned English in Canada are you learning Spanish with a Canadian accent? Was Marshal sleeping on the job because he has to do the shopping without my help? Marshal are you drinking a mocca coffee for me every morning? Make sure you give Geoff a chance to shop for some Nicaraguan boots. Manny a welder and Daryl a preacher. God is at work. Love you all and can’t wait to see you safely home. My prayers are for your productivity, health and safety. God bless, Pastor Dale


  8. avatar
    Dawn Hess
    Jan 08, 2010
    Reply

    LIKE EVERYONE ELSE HAS SAID, IT IS PART OF MY MORNING TO READ AND BE READY FOR MY DAY, IT CHALLENGES ME TO TOUCH SOMEONE HERE LIKE YOU ARE DOING THERE. I WAS SO TOUCHED TO SEE THE PIC WITH ALL THE TRUSSES UP. I REMEMBER THAT DAY FOR US SO VIVIDLY. IT MEANS SO MUCH FOR THEM TO HAVE PROTECTION FROM THE ELEMENTS AS THEY WORSHIP TOGETHER. I LOVE THE DANIEL STORY, YOU GUYS ARE SO CREATIVE!! I AM SURE THEY LOVED IT BECAUSE GROWN UPS WERE “ACTING LIKE KIDS.” A CHILDLIKE HEART IS A GIFT. BLESSING TO ALL OF YOU AND PRAYERS AS THIS WEEK COMES TO A CLOSE.
    DAWN


  9. avatar
    jill and phil miller
    Jan 08, 2010
    Reply

    hi everyone! glad to hear and see that everything is going well.we have also enjoyed this blog so much! it has really touched our hearts! lea and kelly- you might want to wear your lion costumes home-it is still brrr! praying that you all stay healthy and for a safe trip home. leas mom and dad
    ps- lea- we love you !


  10. avatar
    Jim and Margaret Farkas
    Jan 08, 2010
    Reply

    Hey Team -Awesome pictures – you will carry the faces of the kids in your hearts forever. Your warm weather sounds really good as we look out on our snow covered yard. Marlin and Dottie – we missed you at Grow Group. If you see Luisa, Abigail, and Pearlita again, please give them our love. The progress on the roof is amazing. Enjoy the next few days – saying goodbye is hard and you will definitely leave your hearts there. You’ll be in our prayers, as always, We’ll see you back home on Monday.


  11. avatar
    Terri Miller
    Jan 08, 2010
    Reply

    I continue to be inspired by the blog and pictures. I praise God for your willingness to be used by him in this way. I will continue to pray for you as you serve our great God! Blessings!


  12. avatar
    Candi Rodriguez
    Jan 08, 2010
    Reply

    Awesome job Guys! “God is Good and so are we”! Manny great job learning handy work your scoring brownie points…Lol! I must say I hope the paint stains come off all of your clothes. I would have been the first to put on the same shirt and pants for painting each day…Lol! The children are having a blast! The church roof is looking great! I pray for good health, strength, and energy as your mission continue’s. God Bless you all!


  13. avatar
    Marge Heppner
    Jan 08, 2010
    Reply

    Greetings Team,

    What a joy to read your blogs and view the slideshows. Thank you for taking the time to share so much with those of us at home. God be with you as you finish your task and say farewell to your friends including those beautiful children. Marge Heppner


  14. avatar
    Cindy Kauffman and Family
    Jan 08, 2010
    Reply

    Congratulations on a very productive and satisfying day, team! I can hardly believe we are just a few short hours away from the one-week anniversary of your “send-off” from the church! Can you believe that? I’m sure your week has gone by much too quickly! Love the blue skies there! Love the joy and fun you share with all of the people, especially the children! We pray for each of you as you reach out to so many there! Know that your lives and all of those many lives you are touching will be forever blessed! Enjoy your weekend! With much love, Cindy and Family



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