Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Bob Bock
We started this morning with a quick breakfast at 7:30 before a devotion at 8 or so. Rachel led the devotion which inspired us into action!
Our work days so far in Mexico have both had similar structures: the entire group of 17 is divided in the morning to handle several projects at simultaneously, followed by a VBS for the kids in the surrounding area of Casa de Eli and at another church. Since Travis, Greg, and I finished our task yesterday morning, I joined another group project that will last a few more days. Dave, the leader at Casa de Eli, was given a lot of land with a building several blocks away from the church that a group has been restoring. On Saturday a state senator will be venturing to the building to promote Casa de Eli, so the group has been sweeping, moving furniture, caulking the walls, and painting. I spent several hours on a ladder spurting caulk into holes in the exterior of the building, in hopes of completely sealing it from the elements. Soon after the caulk dried (which does not take long in the hot and arid Mexican climate) the team began painting the exterior to cover graffiti and give it a more presentable look. We will be visiting the building again in a few days to finish painting the walls.
Soon after a quick lunch at Casa de Eli the local ninos began pouring in once again for a meal, a passage/lesson, games, and crafts. We were ready today for the kids with lunches fully prepared, which saved a ton of time. A message was given by Pastor Chui about Moses for the kids, and then we had a relay race. We divided the 60-or-so children into two groups and had them one at a time run a short distance, eat a quarter of an orange, and then run back to the start of the line to tag their next eager teammate. I have to say, I had the best seat in the house for this event. At the fruit end I was able to snap a few pictures of the children eating the fruit before running back. I was so tickled to see most of them have the same struggle – savor the sweet treat they do not often get to enjoy but also try to hurry to help their team win at the same time. After declaring the winning team, we helped them all make little rubber band bracelets to take home and spent the next hour playing more games (and mostly being wrestled.)
Each time we interact with the local children I try to learn about family life and a little bit about what makes them unique. Most of the boys are rambunctious, have professional soccer aspirations, but are also surprisingly polite. The girls want to climb all over you or be held, to learn about where we come from and who we are, and to take pictures while wearing your sunglasses. A few of the ones I have played with have left lasting impressions. I’m truly humbled to be here.
Now it’s time for my favorite part of the day: to feast on authentic Mexican food!