What can I say... today was a very physically hard day of work. Our morning started at 4:30am and we didn't get back to Time Ministries until 7:30pm. Parents, you should be immensely proud of your students! I have never seen such a group work so hard and have joy on their faces the entire time. Wow! It was such a joy to see and be a part of. We arrived at the site location of where the church is being built and got to meet the pastor, Pastor Daniel, for the first time. He shared with us his praises to God for our team because we were an answer to their prayers.
After that, the work began. The church is 20ft x 28ft and the students had to dig 12in wide trenches around the entire perimeter busting through roots and rocks. Then they had to bend rebar and mix concrete by hand to fill in these trenches. Mixing concrete by hand is not an easy task and these students knocked it out! For every batch, they had to mix 6 heaping wheelbarrows of sand, 3 wheelbarrows of gravel, and 3 94lbs bags of concrete with just a couple of shovels and water. After that, they had to lay the block. We learned about string and plumb lines while we leveled each block. The best part is that the students actually completed the whole project and the foundation is complete. We will go back out to the site on Friday after it has dried with all of our other church pieces we assemble throughout the week to complete the whole building.
Tomorrow we will begin the other construction of the building and in the afternoon, we will start doing a basketball clinic and children's ministry. Richard asked the students to pray for spiritual opportunities and that we would have the courage to seize them. Please join us in prayer over this. Also, we will be doing the Redeemer Skit, sketch board, and Gospel call tomorrow. Please pray for the teams nerves to be calmed and for hearts to be open to receiving the Gospel.
Posted on Mon, August 3, 2015
by Richard Hopkins