from Pastor Doug,
We had a good first day of work today. The roof has 3 sections and we are re-doing the middle section, which is about 46 feet long and and 16 feet wide, in two sections. We remove the old clay tiles, pull up the thin sheets of tin, sweep out all the dirt and then lay the new metal roof in 4x8 sections. We did about one-third of one side today and figure we will finish the side tomorrow. It rains daily, mostly in the evening and rains hard for an hour. Today was sun and cloud, about 26c, with a nice breeze, very much like home!
Ally is doing well, she had a good rest and seems well liked. One girl, Jenny who is 16 told Lise that Ally is very calm and gentle and sweet, while some of the Spanish ladies are quite excitable. I think she will be fine. Starting Monday she will be doing some instructing the girls about hygiene etc and supervising the children.
Not so tired tonight and hopefully will sleep well. Last night the dogs barked constantly and when they stopped the roosters crowed the second half of the night. I made some ear plugs our of kleenex, which almost drowned out the snoring by you-know-who Kathy!
We go to bed at 9 and get up before 6.
We will have to travel to San Pedro next Thursday and spend the night there as we will fly out early on the 3rd.
We are getting a sense of other projects we can do here in the future. For instance Gabriel the maintenance man looks after the garden and say he could use some help to put in a garden next spring. Planting season begins May 1!
On Sunday we will fellowship with the Baptist church and go to the final night of evangelistic meetings on Sunday eve. John tells me there are many churches here, but a lot of the preaching is prosperity gospel. We took the bus home today and he said at times preachers will get on the bus and start preaching and then take up an offering! But that is better than the gangs in San Pedro who board buses with guns and take their own offering.
That`s it for today. We are well looked after and the hospitality is great. Also much poverty here and people are hard working.