Last night (Sunday night) we had dinner with the two families we are building homes for. It was great to get to know them! Team Taco is working with the Yanez Family. You can get to know them by checking out this video. Team Burrito is working with the Vega Family and here is a video for them.
Early this morning Reland rode with me over to Walmart which is next to Home Depot and Applebees. I know some of you just freaked when you read we went to Walmart… they do have those here. In fact, it is only about 15-20 minutes from where we are staying. So, Reland and I bought a cart full of cookies, juice, and cups for the VBS we’re doing this week. Kristen is leading a VBS at Pastor Juan Munoz’s church in San Carlos, which is a rural neighborhood outside of Ensenada. It was an interesting experience. The first song playing when we walked in was “The Reason” by Hoobastank followed by a series of tunes by Mariachi bands. Even though everything was in Spanish it was easy to navigate through the store because it has almost the same exact lay out as every Walmart I’ve been in.
Later in the morning we traveled to our three jobs sites. Today about 25-30 children showed up at the VBS. Everyone had a great time. They started with Rec as all the children showed up. Cliffton clothes-lined a little girl playing red rover and so that ended rec time. Kristen taught a bible story (in Spanish). All the kids made foam hats for craft time. And then everyone dug into some wonderful cookies and fruit juice. DJ worked hard on his Spanish skills, but came up alittle short. They played a game of ‘duck, duck, goose’ which is ‘pato, pato, gonsa’ in spanish. DJ forgot the word gonsa and shouted “Kwanzaa” instead. Not exactly the same thing, but nice try.
At the homes, we jumped right in. Each group has a crew chief that is provided by YUGO. Team Taco’s chief is Hernan, who we had two years ago and is extremely high energy. Team Burrito has Randy, who is a massive Canadian and wears shirts like Al Borland which makes him look like a Goliath lumberjack. Both are great guys who are excellent at building and leading others to build.
Our leaders divided us up into three groups. One group’s job was to cut every board that we’re going to use on the house. The cut sheet is extremely percise and they don’t waste much wood at all. Another group started framing. The framing actually went very fast. It was amazing to see them raise the first wall of the house. Team Taco invited Ana Maria and Saul to help raise the first wall of their new home. It was a great moment.
The last group began painting. It’s crazy but we paint all the siding and trim before it goes up on the house. The paint crew worked hard and did a great job painting the siding and trim. They also did a pretty good job of painting each other.
At the end of the day all the framing was up, the roof was nearly complete, and the siding was done. It was a very productive day for both groups. We’re excited to see what God has in store for the rest of the week.
For His Fame,