I got to talk to my dad, Les, today and though he sounded less tired he said the whole team is still quite exhausted. We can pray that they are all peacefully sleeping the night away now.
The update was that they had a great day. Five of them went to dig a well and made it 60 feet. They have not hit water or rock yet. Everywhere is quite dry right now as before a short shower today, it had not rained in 2 months.
The rest of the team went to the school/orphanage where the 170 kids who are living there met them along the driveway with singing and dancing. All walked along the newly Ecyluptus tree lined driveway (the trees are growing well!) up to the school for a tour that included:
- the contrast of the old dorms to the new completed dorms. The completed dorms have all the bunk beds and mattresses and many mosquito nets.
- They also saw the chicken house made of wattle, screening and a metal roof that is housing ~ 135 young laying chickens. They are learning to raise these chickens and then look forward to enjoying their eggs.
- The tour also included a new girls bathhouse that they school raised money for on their own and built. It gives the girls privacy for a bucket shower with pipes to drain the water.
- Finally, they got to the foundation of the new kitchen which was prepared.
They had a new challenge with building the kitchen. Due to the lack of rain fall, the well at the school could not be used for the mortar. So they took Rev. John's new truck to the local waterhole and made a bucket brigade to collect enough water to mix the mortar. By the end of the work day the corners of the kitchen were already 13 courses high (they build the corners up first, I'm told).
The women of the team met the women of the area and had a "whooping good time" and came out all smiles. Tomorrow they will work on the sewing project and feminine hygiene program.
Part of the team also lead the children in the beginnings of a study on the fruit of the Spirit. The kids received kazoos (= a bit of commotion) and learned some new songs about two of the fruits. More will continue throughout the week.
It is reported that all are well. The quote I received from Randy Herbe was "It is all overwhelming".
Tomorrows plan is to have some continue with the well digging, ladies sewing project, more kitchen building. Then Wednesday night they plan to sleep at the school and hear some testimonies from alumni that are returning for the event.