Wednesday was a beautiful day!  Some of us helped load the truck at 6:30 a.m.  Breakfast was at 7:30 a.m. We ate cheese omelets, fruit and fried plantain with cinnamon and sugar. Devotions were at 8 a.m. in the pavilion. Kurt shared how we each are important and necessary in the body of Christ. We left at 8:30 a.m. Some of us rode to the construction sites in vans and others in the work trucks.

At each site, we help unload the necessary materials for that day. At the job site there is digging, cutting, hammering, painting and taking water to each person to keep them hydrated.  The weather is warm, but many of us aren’t use to being out in the sun. It’s very important we are drinking lots of fluids so we won’t get sun stroke. Today, as we worked, I reflected about Kurt’s devotional. It was such a great example of how each person has an important role in the body of Christ, like building houses.

Pinto, Pearline, Eli and Brad prepare a picnic lunch for us each morning. Today we had tuna fish. Yesterday we had ham and cheese. There is always peanut butter and jelly. We also had chips and cookies.

Lunch time is always a fun time to relax and share.

This is the back side of one of the houses. It’s is almost ready for a roof. We leave our job sites each day about 3-3:30 p.m. We go back to the mission house, shower and have supper at 5:30 p.m. Today we had delicious pumpkin soup with cornbread. The soup is not at all what you think. It’s made out of a different pumpkin than we have in the states. It’s more like a squash. We had brownies for dessert. Adrian and Travis, 2 students who are part of the student support program, came by for supper. Adrian and Travis are part of a program that is funded by donations through CSI. The donations pay for their taxi rides to school, lunch at school, uniforms, books and supplies.

After supper we were entertained by Jamaican friends.  Brad, who also helps at the mission house and with the student support program, sang for us.

Miguel, Eli (friend who works at the mission house) and Clive sang too.  They were very good!  We really enjoyed listening. After, many of us shared our testimonies. God has brought us through many things. He has guided us and strengthened us so that we might all be here together, for such a time as this.

By Jean Merrell