The team has been hard at work all week and accomplishing a lot as they help renovate the MTC property in GDL. Thanks for your prayers! Here is a detailed update from Pastor Harry ( sorry it’s so much at once, they have not had internet access).
Friday: A number of the participants did painting, most notably the doors on the dorms, bringing an added vibrancy to the overall colour scheme. Others worked on the Fireside Room area, dismantling the previously existing roof structure. At the same time the Mexican bricklayers plied their trade in their meticulous, and even artistic way. Also, a couple of team members worked hard in cutting out groves (an exceedingly dusty job!) for electrical conduits in the Fireside Room. Another crew worked on ripping up the deteriorated brick sidewalk with the young men on the team doing a yeoman’s job of hauling the bricks away, by wheelbarrow,—to a dump site, at least 200 metres away! And some of that was uphill. The concrete for the new sidewalk saw not only one mix (by hand!), but even two, as the team worked into the evening hours. A mix yielded approximately 15 wheelbarrows of cement. And yet another group worked hard, very hard, on dismantling (with substantial use of the sledgehammer), and levelling, an old fire pit area. The evening concluded with debrief and devotional time on Ephesians 1, “Identify”, followed by a light evening meal.
Saturday: The day was marked by light rain. Nonetheless, the crew jumped into the various assigned tasks. At least a couple of cement mixes were made for the sidewalk, with the newly poured concrete covered with poly. Parallel to the pours, a group carried Conterra stone down to the pathway area, laying out the stone in pattern. Another team started to dig out the pit for the new fireplace, only to accidentally drive the pick end through a major hidden electrical conduit! Thankfully, none of the wires was damaged, and after repairing the conduit, work was recommenced, now with the fire pit over a few feet. An early morning feat was the accomplishment, by Mexicans and Canadians, in hoisting the large beam onto the columns in the Fireside Room. What was originally thought to be a major challenge was quickly taken care of by the large group. Truly, many hands make for light work! Given the continued rain, the work day was called early, with most choosing to go into GDL for some sightseeing. However, a handful stayed behind to continue the work, notably with the fire pit, as well as digging out, and setting forms for added pathways.
Sunday: A day of worship and rest! What a delight to pause for worship and rest. The group travelled in to GDL to worship at Casa de Paz (House of Peace), a MB church of about 200 people. The church was planted about three and a half years ago. The mid afternoon meal was at El Patio (The Patio) where all were treated to fantastic food (hot for some!) and outstanding live Mariachi music (eight women). The meal was followed by time for some shopping in the market area. The ride back to the MTC was gladdened by regular updates (by text) on the Riders football game. Most were happy, though at least one or two expressed anti-Rider sentiments. The evening concluded with a devotional time focused on Ephesians 2, and the theme “Peace”, peace with God and peace with others.
Monday: After the day of rest, everyone was eager to get back to work. After morning devotions and assignments, everyone jumped into their respective tasks. The MTC Missions Teams effort was complemented by a host of skilled Mexican workers including Mexican bricklayers, electricians, tile masons, and a group of volunteers (Mexican and MB Mission Trekkers). The site, at times, had anywhere from 25 to 30 workers. The midday meal, a Mexican dish, was brought in by a local church. Substantial progress was made on the sidewalk, the meditative garden, the fireside room, and the fire pit. The day was marked by sunshine and warm temperatures, the first since arrival. One or two experience some sun burn. The evening devotional time focused on Ephesians 3, “Calling”, with attention to the younger adults via sharing and prayer.