The sun was almost unbearable this morning. With little to no breeze and temps nearing 100 degrees, we struggled in our work.

Don Williams catches a short nap at lunch. The Lord brought clouds and a slight breeze in the afternoon. This gave us a boost and helped us continue the work.

By mid afternoon “the hole” was nearing completion or at least a stopping point.

One thing that I have noticed here is how happy the church members of Las Mercedes are. They too are sharing the heat with us, working side by side with the team and always smiling. They are so grateful for this small amount of help we are giving.

This is home to one dear elderly widowed sister in Christ. She was so very excited for us to visit her home. She told us that we were always welcome in her home.

With so little in earthly possessions. No cars or nice houses with running water or indoor facilities, no insurance or retirement benefits, but they have the genuine joy of the Lord.

This is the out door kitchen where our food is prepared. I guess it doubles as the church fellowship hall/the pastor’s  kitchen.

To witness a smile like this takes away all the discomfort of not having the luxuries we have all become accustom to.

Three surrendered their lives to Christ today and we praised God. Many  other seeds were planted verbally but the most seeds were sown by unspoken words. They were sown by the sweat on the brow and the acts of kindness given by the team. They knew that we were there because of what Christ has done in our lives. They watched as we surrendered to the heat but returned again to the task at hand. They saw us as we struggled together, working hand in hand, all in the name of Christ, and it spoke volumes to non believers and believers alike. And God is changing the village of Las Mercedes! Hallelujah!

It was 5pm and the river had been calling my name the past few hours. We hurried to change, grab a few bars of soap and head out.

Once there we wasted no time. Some ladies washing clothes got a good laugh at the gringos acting so foolishly but the water revived and refreshed our body and soul.

The week had flown by. We are humbled and grateful for this opportunity.

Lord bless you,

 

Lewis

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