Sunday night, after the introductions, we all headed off to bed. Around 3am it started pouring! It was pretty hard to sleep with so we girls were up and dressed by 4:30am. At 4:45ish Mr. Ed came by our tent and told us it was time to wake up. We headed out into the drizzle up to the dining hall for breakfast. Cereal! Yum!
After devotions at 6 everyone went to the work site except for the kitchen crew for the day. Gracie, Esther, Sylvia, Karina and me. We stayed behind to help do the left over dishes and to pack everything up for lunch.
It was still a cold and rainy day, but it was perfect for working in. Nice and cool!
Around 10 in the morning, Mom, Dad, Sarah and the Stolks stopped by. They said that Sarah was too sick to stay in Beira and that they were bringing her home with them. They had stopped by to say goodbye and then they were off to a pharmacy to get some heart medicine for Aunt Hilda that she had left behind. While at the work site though, Aunt Hilda started having attacks of some sort. Mr. Preston drove her to the hospital with Mr. Jim who was an EMT. The hospital wouldn't let them in, or something like that, so they drove around and found a clinic. After a while, and once she got the medicine, she was alright. Were we ever praising the Lord! Once she got out of the clinic they and Mom, Dad and Sarah headed up to some town where the Stolks had some friends. They spent a few nights there and then headed up to Nampula.
Anyways, around 11:30am the kitchen crew left to go prepare lunch. We used the house that the missionary community uses for their Sunday night fellowship. It was a nice and big house! It didn't take that long to set up for lunch so when we were done we sang. Singing in that room sounded so amazing! It was loads of fun!
After lunch we were back to work.
The first (And most fun) cement bucket line! We had a wonderful time passing buckets. We saying, laughed, and passed buckets. :)
The Mozambicans were usually on the scaffolds because they are so strong they can lift them up, but while they weren't there Ian gave a shot at it.
Once back home and showered we were pooped and ready for a good night's sleep!
We woke up bright (correction: dark) and early ready for another day of work!
Getting to scrape off the dried cement off the floor.
Kent laid brick again. That was his job for the whole week. He did an amazing job!
How the church looked the second day.
We made and mixed cement again. Three wheelbarrows of sand, five wheelbarrows of rock, and two bags of cement.
People on the roof still building walls.
A beautiful sunset to end the day with.
And tacos for dinner! That was a nice ending!
Mmm everyone loves tacos!
Some of the girls after dinner... and Andrew in the background. Even with all the work we could still goof off. ;)
And our favourite: Nutella! Yum! Chocolate spread! We were trying to figure out how to say it. Everyone but the Woodrow's say Nutella all together. The Woodrow's say Nut Ella. Because it was getting to... different... we decided to call it Nutshe. She in Portuguese is Ela. So we dropped the "ella" in Nutella and put "she" instead. :)
That night after dishes all the youth went outside and sang. It was a beautiful starry night. The heavens did for sure declare the glory of God! And it was wonderful getting to sing praises to Him!
Wednesday! or Beira Day. Because of it being the city's holiday lots of Mozambicans from the church came to see how they could help out. And entertained us with some singing.
Kent, once again, was up on the roof ready to lay brick! Doesn't he look chipper :)
This is one of the Massa guys. The would make the mortar and then bring it upstairs. All the while, shouting, "Massa, Massa, Massa!"
I have a story about a massa guy, so I'll go ahead and share it :)
We were standing in line one day, in fact it may have been that day, passing buckets or bricks upstairs. I was in the staircase when along came the massa guy. He was carrying the massa on top of his head in a long rectangle bucket. I was close to the top of the staircase so I figured that I'd be fine standing there cause he could get pass me. Let's just say I was wrong. He came up, the bucket caught under my chin, he kept walking, I stood on my tiptoes, he went up, I started gagging, I kinda shoved him a lil' and jumped out of the way. He cracked up and I couldn't help but laugh myself. Who would of thought I could be almost choked by a massa bucket? He walked down the stairs still chuckling and we went back to our assembly line. A few minutes later he came up again and immediately I was up and out of the way. He laughed. I laughed. He set the massa up stairs and I went back to work. Let me tell you though, after that experience, whenever I heard the guy crying, "Massa!" I was up and out of the way!
Some Mozambican ladies practicing their singing for church! A-Mazing!
Kent and Thomas ended up being a brick laying team for the rest of the week! You both did a swell job!
Speaking of singing, Gracie taught us the "Peanut Song" If you haven't heard it... well... it's a fun song!
"Peanut sat on a railroad trackit's heart was all a flutter.Along came a choo choo train'Choo Choo'Peanut Butter!"
Godfree (The one in the middle) was helping out with all the carpentry work. He was from Zimbabwe and happened to pass by the church. He volunteered to help work and did a wonderful job. It was also nice having another English speaker around!
The walls around the building. Mcel is the main cell phone company here in Mozambique and they advertise on anything and everything. A lot of Mozambique is coloured yellow and blue green.
The bathrooms. Squat pots. Or a hole in the ground. (short one was for the guys. the tall stick one was for the girls). Ew! I'm so glad I only had to use it once!
Thursday: (i.e.- lets-bring-our-camera-to-the-site-today day)
This is the house where Mr. Dana & Ms. Emily and Mr. Greg & Ms. Karen stayed. Us girls used their bathroom at night and in the morning. It was right behind our tent.
Damarise and Karina off to work.
The kitchen crew (minus Sylvia who was taking the picture) sleeping.
Until we came up with a novel idea! Why not sing the peanut song to the tune of "Blind Man". We were loud and we made up a long song! And then Mrs. Preston came in and reminded us that people do sleep past 6am! Whoops! We were way to loud!
Part of the kitchen crew leaving for work.
The kitchen coming to work.
Karina was a very hard worker during the week! She would clean the upstairs every morning before the guys started their work. Wether it was picking up rubble, half bricks, or sweeping she was willing and ready to do it! She was very diligent!
Here's a few shots of some of Damarise's neat photographic eye working.
A fun job was pulling out nails!
Showing off our Mozambican hats.
Haha! I just had to post this. This bag floated around every day and every day someone said something about it! Haha.
Andrew and Gracie! Such happy siblings!
The faces of some of the youth who were working.
And last but not least:
Reading the Australian's Readers Digest. Haha! We found an article in there about Mac users being arrogant snobs?! Say what? hmmm... I think I might have to disagree. (Hehe)
Everyday Damarise's cellphone alarm would go off at 4:45am. It was so quiet though that no one could hear it so Damarise would say, "It's 4:45!" Everyone would groan, lay in bed, and wait until Mr. Ed came by to say good morning. Once he came by we would get up, get dressed and get ready for the day.
Friday morning was different. Damarise's voice rang through the tent, "It's 4:45!" Everyone groaned and then Esther's voice was heard, "I'm sick." Oh no! Not Esther! Not now! She was running a fever and felt achey and sick! Poor girl! At breakfast we found out Elijah too was sick with the stomach ache. Damarise decided she would stay behind to take care of them while the rest of us went to work.
Ms. Emily cleaning out some tool in the wash buckets. The buckets had about 6 inches of sand, dust, cement, and mud down at the bottom. Ew!
Ah, the notorious see saw. This see saw is at the place where we eat lunch. One day after lunch Mr. Dana laid down on the see saw to rest. Well, I guess he wasn't resting on it evenly and next thing we knew he had done a back flip off the see saw. But not without a scrape all the way down his back the size of this handle! Ouch! It looked so painful!
Saturday morning. Almost everyone had diarrhea! Mrs. Preston was prepared though. She gave them all something to stop it and it did just that. At 3:30am most the adults and Kent and Andrew went to get the top floor ready for a roof.
The bags of cement.
Karina and Sylvia stopped by to say hi to us in the car and while they were there they decided to snap a pic. :)
This is so cool! All the boys have different colour hair.
Some of us were just too tired!
Sylvia hammering. She hammered so hard she created sparks! Woah!
And some of the many faces of Andrew:
Sergio washing the cars. He always wanted to do something and when there was nothing for him to do he would wash the cars.
There was absolutely nothing to do. So we sat around talking, playing card games and reading comics.
The youth! What an awesome group we have!
Oh and our muscle pic! We all gained a lot of muscle during the week. In fact, Mr. Jim, Sylvia and Andrew counted it all up and they figured out that each one of us lifted over three tons during the week! Woah!
All of us youth minus Kent jammed into the Pajero and played the Village of the Green Glass Doors. Fun!
Back home we enjoyed another tasty meal! It was always so cool how we would all squish together at one table. I love our group!
We had cake and ice cream for Elijah and Mr. Dana's birthday. Mr. Dana's face says it all. It was good!
The Preston's house. Also the place where we girls took our showers every night. Hot water! Yes! The poor boys took their showers in the guy's shower house. They only had cold water! And cold water on a cold night! Wow! Cold!
Mrs. Preston started packing up the kitchen Saturday night. She went fast! She had everything organized and ready to go in no time!
We went to church. This is what the finished church building looked like. They couldn't put on the roof, but Lord willing, the people in the church can put it up.
The inside of the church! Beautiful! Some of the ladies in the church decorated it the night before.
And more people waiting.. ;)
The service was long (9am-2:45pm... and for the people who had went with the march from one church to the next they started at 7:30am and went till 2:45pm! Talk about a long morning!)
They had asked us youth to sing for the church while we were there. We sang "I Will Call Upon the Lord" for our walk up song and "You are Holy (Prince of Peace)" and "Amazing Grace" (A different way). It was fun, although we were so spread out that we couldn't really hear each other singing. Haha, oh well.
Towards the end of the service they called up the Prestons to thank them for all they have done. (They had been working on the church for five weeks!) They gave Mrs. Preston a capulana, spoon, and bandana and Mr. Preston a cane. Then they lifted them up on a chair and did a lil' dance. Haha, it was so much fun to watch!
All the Mamas had their capulanas wrapped around them and then when they got to the front they would take them off and put them on the Prestons. ... Then they called us up. They put bandanas and capulanas around us and danced. It was so much fun!
After the dance and most everyone (including a few guys) got capulanas we stood in a line and they told us all thank you again.
Finally the service was over! We got in line for the food, but never got to eat most of it. We did get some of the bread and fries, but we weren't sure about the salad and meat.
Haha! Oh yes, Mr. Jim also got a capulana. One lady had wrapped it around him and then he took it off again (cause really what guy would want to walk around in a capulana!) Well, when the service was over and we were waiting in line for the food another lady came up to Mr. Jim, took his capulana off his shoulders and wrapped it around him again! Haha, poor guy!
Then Damarise and Esther were starving and decided they would go find some food to eat. They came back bearing bread, cake, and lil' donut type things.
Aw! It was so sweet to watch Kent with the lil' kids! The kids were adorable! They kept trying play the guitar.
The albino kid borrowed Kent's guitar and played a song and sang! He did both really well... ok.. wait I never heard him play the guitar but he sang amazingly!
We decided to get pictures with everyone...
This is the old church. They were renting a room out of this building to hold their church services in.
Haha! Mr. Jim was trying to deflate his air mattress, but all it had was an eensy weeny hole. He sat on it for a while until finally most of the air was out. Then he sat up looked down the air mattress and found a hole... a big hole with a cap on it. The one to let all the air out! Haha, poor guy! Oh well, at least he got a few minute of relaxation.
Oh yes a glimpse of the bathroom we girls used every morning and night. The toilet seat kept falling off and there was only a curtain for the door!
After we packed up our tents and all we headed out to a nice restaurant by the beach. (Thank you Ms. Penny and Mr. Ed for paying for it.)
When we got there Mr. Dana found this car in the parking lot. The license plate had Ms. Emily's name written all over it!
It was cold! Freezing cold! Esther (the smart one!) brought a capulana with her! She was our hero! We wrapped it around all four of us! Aw! Toasty warm!
Aw! The LePoidevin siblings! What a great family!
Mr. Dana and someone else ordered this seafood platter. It had so much seafood on it! A huge variety! And the amazing thing... it cost $4.00! Four American Dollars!!! Woah!
All of us kids except Kent, Karina and Gracie ordered pizza. Most everyone ordered meat pizza. Elijah and Thomas ordered 0live pizza and Sylvia ordered chili pizza. She likes spice but I don't think she liked that much spice.
Alright, here's the story of the chili pizza.
Everyone sat around the table waiting for their food to come. Thomas' and Elijah's pizza came first, then everyone else's food trickled in, but not Sylvia's. She sat there waiting patiently and finally her patience paid off. In came her pizza covered in chili peppers. She was hungry so she took a bite fast. "Woah!" she said! The pizza was spicy. Esther and I decided to try it! Oh my! I have never in my whole life had something so spicy and all I took of it was a bite one lil' measly bite! My mouth was burning. My lips were singed. My throat felt like it was laying on top of coals. Esther was turning red and crying. I was too. "Water!" we called. We needed water. But to our dismay there was no water on the table. What?! No water! The waiter had just come by and was on his way to bring us more water. Esther grabbed Damarise's coke and drank. No relief. Our mouths were burning. Ms. Emily and Mr. Dana also tried the pizza. Too hot for Mr. Dana, but Ms. Emily finished off the piece, with a burning mouth and tearful eyes! Elijah stuffed his mouth with the chilis and burned up too. And then he came. The waiter bearing great gifts of water. Two 1 liter bottles. Those bottles of water were gone in no time. Everyone filled their glasses to the brim and drank them down so fast you would never have guessed we had poured water in the glasses. And finally after 10 minutes full relief came. Our mouths were back to normal. We laughed and laughed. No more spicy things for me please!
The week was amazing. It was wonderful getting to work along side all these wonderful people and to help the Mozambicans build something that, Lord willing, will help spread God's Word to many other Mozambicans. It was a week I will never forget and I am so thankful to God that I got to go be a part of it!