Last night, somebody said “what time is it?” We were all in bed and it was only 7pm. LOL. Cozy ain’t it…

After our dinner of black beans and rice, the men went down to the river. The Rio Suchiate (Sue-she-ah-tae), that separates Guatemala and Mexico, is a fifteen minute walk. A bucket bath just doesn’t compare to a swim in the river. (sorry, no pics)

We woke this morning to find the after mass from where the neighbor’s pig had gotten in our trash last night. Talk about the need for a leash law.

By 8am, “the hole” was nearly ready for concrete and then breakfast was ready.

Eduardo and Maressa at breakfast. We enjoyed her eggs, black beans, pico and fried plantains. As always, we are very well fed.

Fatigue from hard work and drastic temperature changes set in. It was 22 degrees when we left home and around here it’s 100 degrees. We are moving much slower but the work continues.

“The hole” is taking shape and by 3pm the first phase of blocks are completed. With a break in the action Pastor’s Epifanio and Isidro converse.

We alway are praying for a harvest of souls but seldom see those “great” numbers of conversions that I hear about from others. What we do see is steady church growth and new churches being planted. Since 2005, Esfuerzo Cristiano has grown from around 30 churches to over 50. This only comes through the power of the Holy Spirit working in the hearts of people. The church at Las Mercedes has grow in one year from 13 adults to 21. They don’t count children here, I suppose because they come so quickly. We praise God for the increase. Pastor Isidro and his wife are doing a wonderful job ministering in Las Mercedes.

We did have one incident yesterday…

Denny tossed a 5 gallon bucket out of the hole only to have an 8 inch cement block come down an hit his head. After some consideration we sent him to the hospital in Malacatan where he received multiple stitches and meds. We praise God that it wasn’t worse.

Thank you, again, for all your prayers.

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