Aibonito, Puerto Rico, Weekly Report, June 17-22, 2018
July 5, 2018
We had three volunteers for the week of June 17 came from Pennsylvania, as well as one from Ohio and one from Virgina. We also welcomed John Augsburger who will follow Don Horst as Project Director. Work was started on Danny’s house, carefully removing the old walls and paneling while leaving the existing roof in place. Care is being made to salvage materials he might reuse, as building supplies are very expensive here.
A highlight of the week was the celebration of Father’s Day with the Iglesia Evangelica Menonita Church. The children sang a song for the fathers, with a fun surprise of them all wearing fake mustaches, boys and girls alike! Fathers were asked to gather in the front of the church to receive a gift. It was very heartwarming to see so many fathers in this congregation.
One of the challenges this week has been the scheduling and delivery of cement for the classroom building MDS is working on at Academia Menonita Betania. Things don’t always go as planned but we realize God is in control and does not ask us to be successful, only to be faithful, so we are keeping that in mind as things happen or don’t happen.
In preparation for work Friday morning, Don wrote the following:
“In the beginning, God said, “I need to put Puerto Rico back together again”, so he looked around and found a handful of volunteers that were willing to work and sent them to Puerto Rico and that made up the first day. These volunteers came together and became a team and learned how to work together, being the hands and feet God needed. They met Danny and his family and became friends, looked at the work that needed to be done, got organized, and that made the second day.
The work started; walls started coming down, nails were pulled, ideas were shared, more material was ordered, Danny was smiling, volunteers were working hard, and the third day came to an end.
Then more tools were needed, more nails were purchased, a new ladder joined the group, walls were being enclosed, and new ideas were formed on how to proceed, and the fourth day came to an end.
Today is the last day for this set of God’s hands and feet to work in Puerto Rico before returning to our own homes. We anticipate safety, on the road and in the air, we look forward to a great last day of work and to be able to look back and say, a job well done. This being the end of a great week, may God look down and say, “it is very good”. Then we will all rest.”
The time has come to say goodbye to this beautiful mountainous country with unending steep, twisting and turning roads. We head back to the straight North, South, East, West roads of Kansas, filled with joy for having had the opportunity to experience the kind, gentle spirit of the Puerto Rican people and culture. God is good, all the time.
Don & Rachel Horst