Mission: Possible

June 8, 2011

In a little over 48 hours, it will begin again.

Twelve men from Peachtree Presbyterian Church will board a Delta jet, and fly to Guayaquil, Ecuador. We will arrive LATE Friday night, and settle in to our luxurious accomodations (NOT-more like Motel 3, but at least we have beds, private rooms and bathrooms, and A/C!) at the Schoenstaat Retreat Center.

Saturday morning, we’ll roll out of bed, eat a really good breakfast (even if the coffee is a bit lacking–it’s instant), and head out. We’ll build a home that day, and at the end of the day, there will be a family with a home who does not have one now. Imagine if you and your family, me and my family, and someone else and their family were all living together in a one bedroom apartment. Then you managed to scrape together enough money to buy a little (I mean little!) spot of land, and these gringos from America bought and assembled the Hogar de Cristo kit. No plumbing, no electricity, but walls, a floor up off the ground, and a roof. A few windows and a door, and it is YOURS.

It’s a simple thing for us, it involved a bunch of guys who are mostly desk jockeys using muscles we don’t use every day, so it’s tough, but by golly, it is rewarding beyond your wildest ideas. And it is FUN.

Look; you take 12 men, who do not know each other, who are all mostly Type-As, to a foreign country where they don’t speak the language, and tell them to do something they don’t do every day (swing a hammer); then you take control away from them, and the guy supervising them does not speak a word of English. In hours, guys have nicknames for one another, they are picking on each other, inside jokes develop, and they are laughing until they cry.

This is one of the best weeks of my life, every year.

Watch this space–I’ll be posting (hopefully) daily updates with pictures.

And pray for us–our travel, the families we leave behind, the people we build for and work with, and that God would use us to draw people to Him!


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