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Aibonito, Puerto Rico, Weekly Report, Oct 22-26, 2018

October 30, 2018

We began the week with nine volunteers around the dinner table, two of which are new this week.  Richard from Iowa was with us in June and decided to return for another two weeks. Russell from Washington State, who has been working on the island with FEMA, chose to volunteer with us for several days, due to a previous connection with MDS.

Work began on Miriam’s house removing debris, repairing cement walls and installing plates in preparation for the new trusses.  The school where our tools are now stored provided a large, dry, open space to cut and assemble the trusses.  The timing of this space becoming available could not have been better.  God is good!

The highlight this week was savoring the flavor of fresh, ripened bananas that were harvested 10 days ago from the garden here. We also had a team outing to the Festival del Pollo at the town plaza in Aibonito.   A delicious meal was also prepared for us and served by the Club Pinos de Otono.  This shared meal was an expression of their gratitude for the “Rebuilding Hope” MDS volunteers are doing here in Aibonito. 

Trusses and hurricane straps are now in place, ready for next week’s team to move ahead with installing the plywood, felt and tin on Miriam’s house. While facing the challenges of repairing this structure, we find encouragement in our morning song, “This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it”.  Johann Zimmerman, Sue Klassen and David Conrad brought a relaxing time of singing and guitar playing to round out our week here.

The view from Miriam’s house