Well, another day is behind us and it has been a very full one again. Up early, (perhaps all of us not quite awake) to breakfast and then back on the truck to go to the job site. The ride there is not quite as scary as the first time, and the fact that I am now driving in the cab with Basillio and his crew makes it even easier.
I can't believe how shy the children are here. Our interpreter Walter, mentioned that it is because the children are not used to any love or attention being shown to them in their own homes!! How sad is that!! Joan has been amazing with the kids. Sitting and colouring with them, drawing pictures for them, and just drawing them out of their shells. They are starting to smile and are not quite as anxious to approach us now. Besides, the little gifts that we are giving to them are certainly helping as well. It is amazing how quickly a small gathering grows when "Canada" bracelets are being given away!!
I have not done a lot as far as helping to build the homes. There are men and woman who are much better at that sort of stuff than I am. BUT I have enjoyed just watching the local people interact with our team and today just having fun with the kids.
I am just amazed at how much the people here can get accomplished with the little that they have. The "laser thingie" went missing and the crew managed to get the house level using a hose with water in it. PLEASE don't ask me how they did that, but it worked. I watched the men mix cement by hand and improvising by making a trowel out of wood. I watched the ladies cooking outside in their "kitchens" and am amazed!! I see the women hang clothes on the bushes to dry after they have washed them by hand. I am so spoiled with my washing machine and dishwasher!!
I have been stretched beyond belief!!! Hiking is not one of my strong points, but I have done my fair share of that this week. Driving on roads that are barely wide enough for one vehicle and then being passed by a big truck have made even my short hair stand on end. But I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God has BIG plans for the people of El Salvador, and I am very thankful to Him for allowing me to be a very, very small part of it.
Off to bed.