Monday April 16, 2012
We were awakened by Tim on his bull horn around 6:00 AM. After a very cold night and fitful sleep I made a mental note to dress warmer for our second night. Folks headed for toilet town in droves as others were seen getting their wake-up coffee and still others were brushing their teeth to get rid of morning breath.
Everyone had to make their own bag lunch before being served a wonderful breakfast of hot pancakes topped with apple sauce and syrup with a side of fresh fruit and yogurt. The hot cocoa was soothing.
As soon as the sun came up, things warmed up quickly. Off came the jackets, gloves and ski hats. We assembled into our ten teams and got our day's marching orders. Everyone headed to their assigned van all eager to see our building site.
The ride to our site took about 40-45 minutes. The road conditions are worse than any pot-holed street in New York City. Drivers go wherever they want, there's very little road etiquette, but somehow things remained manageable.
|Nadi shared this photo of her family with us.|
We met the wife/mother, Nadi, and her 3 young children. Each of the families who are approved for a home by AMOR must own their land and have shown their devotion to the local church. Nadi and her family were 1 of 10 families chosen for our particular mission.
Nadi's husband is gone much of the work week and we did not meet him during our time there. But she showed us this picture of their whole family.
|Our house plans.|
|Mixing and pouring the concrete foundation.|
|Assembling a wall.|
After a long, hard day of physical work, our team piled in our van around 6 PM. We were all ready for a nice home cooked meal. But first, we were all ready for a hot shower. But, would we get one?
Today we completed:
- Leveling the plot of land for the foundation.
- Mixing and pouring the concrete onto half of the framed-out foundation plot.
- Screeding the first half of the concrete.
- Sawing and assembling our first wall.
|Driving through market-filled streets.|
|Street vendor selling their goods along a fence.|
|Pot holes and dirt roads made for bumpy rides.|
|A vineyard was adjacent to our tent city.|
|An old port-a-potty makes a guard house at the gated entrance to our tent city.|
AMOR Ministries Journal: Day 1 & 2
AMOR Ministries Journal: Day 3 (first day of building)
AMOR Ministries Journal: Day 4
AMOR Ministries Journal: Day 5
AMOR Ministries Journal: Day 6