- Written by Sue Gardner Sue Gardner
- Created: 19 October 2018 19 October 2018
After a day of rest (Wednesday), today (Thursday) we were back at it. It has rained every day we have been here. Mostly just a brief shower—or two, or three, or four—anytime after noon. So you need to plan accordingly. When it rains, the ladders get slippery, the paint dries slowly and the yards develop puddles—and mud. Quickly! All the joys of the tropics.
The group working at Carmen's house headed out with a new set of tools: weed trimmers and machetes have been exchanged for brushes and rollers. We stopped at Walmart to buy paint, a new front door mat and a couple of flowers, using some of the funds that were collected from the congregation. That was particularly fitting, for Carmen chose Saint John's blue as her house color!
The team attacked the tiny house with a gusto and had it fully transformed in about three hours. We kept an eye out for rain the whole time, but God was patient and let us complete the first coat and clean up before sending in the showers.
Don, Doug and Wyatt had a new assignment today. A family that lost most of their home in the hurricane has been slowly rebuilding their home, fixing what was recoverable, but building from scratch around the areas that could not be saved. The new structure is coming along nicely, so the team spent their day pulling down what was left of the old. Piece-by-piece the three-section building was removed. The team, working alongside willing friends and neighbors of the owners, pulled apart the boards, detached metal from the frame and recovered some of the salvageable materials. The owner was sad to see part of his past be gone forever, but he was filled with gratitude that there were so many willing volunteers to help him begin a new chapter in his life.
Tomorrow will be the last day we will have to complete our projects—or leave them until the next crew comes in November. It doesn't seem possible we are already almost at the end of our mission work!
“Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kindness,” “mercy,” “loyalty,” “loving-kindness” or “steadfastness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together—a “love your neighbor as yourself,” active, selfless, sacrificial, caring-for-one-another brand of living contradictory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are continually looking to work together to share some small measure of God’s extraordinary love. Won’t you join us?