Well, today the labor began.
We headed out to the job site today shortly after 7 a.m. (9 a.m. your time). Our first task was to dig trenches for the footers of the first house. Obviously the job wasn’t easy, but we got a level surface dug in about a half hour or so. We then proceeded to some concrete mixing, rebar column making and block laying.
After that we cleared the second plot of land, which involved lots of tree and stump removal. Needless to say, the day’s work was very difficult and cumbersome, but it is so good to be able to help people who have so little but are so happy.
In our devotion, one of the elder men in the group was talking about how he sat down with his eyes closed and just took in the sounds of the family (not knowing a lick of Spanish) and hearing real genuine joy from the people.
After dinner we finally went to Remar to see our boys. What a feeling to be able to see them again after so long. Little boys change quite a bit in a year and a half. Such a feeling of peace fell over me as we sat there and joked with the boys, using my broken Spanish as a common ground for all sorts of conversations (like, how old are you? and what is your brother’s name?). They’re so innocent, it’s unreal.
I am so thankful to be back here. My pursuit of solitude went down the drain today, but it was completely okay. There was a weird bonding moment when all the youth in our group gathered around a guitar to sing Backstreet Boys songs (don’t judge!). Maybe there will be more time for being alone in the future, but being part of a big group of friends today was phenomenal.