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Ponce, Puerto Rico, Weekly Report, Aug 5-11, 2018

August 27, 2018

Dwight Huyard from Virginia, on his second week, was joined by David and Esther Stenson, and Sam Miller, all from Virginia. Jim Miller came from Ohio. Dan Murch from New York, John’s brother, arrived two days late (early Monday morning) due to a canceled flight.

John subcontracted the job of plastering the house, so Santiago and his son Jose Luis, both from Ponce, spent their mornings plastering the walls. The volunteers formed up and poured both the back porch and front porch steps, ran conduit, and pulled wires. They also hung the drywall for the ceiling, applied the first coat of drywall mud, began tiling the shower walls, painted the kitchen and bathroom, bought the kitchen cabinets, installed and sealed the windows, and finished sealing the roof. The cement mixer broke, but one of the volunteers was able to fix it.

It’s so exciting to see the house finally coming together — it looks great! Sadly, this is Jonathan’s last week of work. He flies home on Monday the 13th, in order to be back in time to start his college classes. He’s disappointed that he has to leave early.

Thursday night, the whole group enjoyed an evening of pinchos at Chiro and Lery’s. A church member arranged with the owner of a local horse farm so Rebecca could ride, and Wednesday morning, the three younger kids and I drove to out to the farm where Rebecca got to ride a variety of horses, including a couple Paso Finos. Friday night, Nilda and Carmen invited us over for supper to celebrate Jonathan’s final week of work.