- Written by Sue Gardner Sue Gardner
- Created: 22 October 2018 22 October 2018
The sun rises once again over the mountains. Our last work day has begun. The chef who prepared our meals when we arrived has been missing for two days, but our leader, Amy, has managed to pull together a yummy breakfast of ham and eggs from a local shop. Another of the advantages of staying right in town!
After breakfast, we packed up our coolers one last time and headed out to finish our assignments to the best of our abilities.
The painting team returned to Carmen's, eager to start a second coat of paint as well as wire brush the dirt and loose paint off the roof band. We decided on a deep green to accent the roof and keep with the multi-colored look of Caribbean houses. So half the crew headed back to Walmart for paint and additional supplies. We chose the perfect green, but unfortunately the clerk mixed up the wrong color, the next color lighter on the sample swatch, and we stuck with that. Once we had the paint, we worked as quickly as possible to get it one before another shower passed through. We just made it! Yes, some of the green color was washing away as we had to leave, but we left the leftover paint with Carmen so she can do a little touch up when the weather clears.
The demolition crew returned to Luis' house to finish their clean up and to do some trim work around the doors and windows of his new home. In addition to this being a new home, for Luis this was a start to a whole new look at life. He found it overwhelming to think that people would give their time, talents and treasures to help out a total stranger thousands of miles away. Maybe one day God will give Luis the opportunity to “pay-it-forward”!
We pray that everyone would have the opportunity to experience the full hearts we have as we leave Cayey. Thank you for reading along with our adventure!
“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?