The Community of our Team

 There was a cohesiveness to our team today, of which I was really proud.  Our construction crew has been tirelessly working to complete a very ambitious “to do” list.  They have installed two showers in the apartment, including under the building plumbing, installing shower pans, building the stud walls, installing dura rock, and tiling.  They have also put jamb extensions and trim on all the windows in the school, tiled the teacher’s office and school lavatory, and built 16 bulk beds, from scratch.  It’s no wonder that they were a little bit behind where they wanted to be this morning, so they asked for some help from our community team.  Everyone stepped up!  It was such an awesome display of cooperation, and people stepping out of their comfort zones to help out.  I was very impressed with the character of everyone on our team!

Jon, Sydney, Jill, Dan R., Sharon, and Dan C. assembling bunk beds.

Jon, Sydney, Jill, Dan R., Sharon, and Dan C. assembling bunk beds.

Tony and Nate working to on the tiling.

Another highlight of today was the jail visit.  Six of us went to visit those who have been arrested and being held in jail.  As we walked into the jail the first thing we noticed was a strong stench of sweat, urine, and feces.  All of the inmates are held in a cell area, some behind bars, others in the hallway outside of the bars.  They have no light, a dirt floor, and very little ventilation. There were about 10 people in the cell area, and they had a hole in the floor to use as a toilet.  Here in Honduras, if the inmates don’t have anyone to bring them food, they don’t eat.   We brought them tuna fish sandwiches and tea, along with Bibles.  All of them, except one wanted a Bible.  We read two different passages with them: I John 4:9-16 and Romans 3:23-24. 

 

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.   Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.   No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.  This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.   And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.   If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.   And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.     I John 4:9-16

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.   Romans 3:23-24

They found the passages in their Bibles, and were very interested to hear what they had to say.  All of them were warm and receptive to us, and very appreciative of the food.  It was yet another experience that made an impact on all of us. 

The rest of the day was spent getting ready for Community Day tomorrow.  We bought 250 hot dogs, buns and cookies.  We will be showing a short video about how God made each of us special, Dr. Rick will give a teeth brushing demonstration with his tooth puppet, we will have crafts for the kids, and a thrift sale for the families.  We’re all excited to have a fun day in the community and look forward to interacting with the people who live in the Oak Ridge Community!

Ayla and Charlie painted picture frames for the family portraits we took of the Oak Ridge families

Ayla and Charlie painted picture frames for the family portraits we took of the Oak Ridge families

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