Mission Trip to Chile 2012

When Johnny, David and I arrived the start of week two, I was surprised to see that there were almost as many of us as all of team one. With a 90ft X 25ft 2 story multi purpose building to be built, it got me wondering if it was even remotely possible. Then I looked out back of the HOH and saw the first story of the building was nearly complete. How did they do that? I asked myself. Then I learned that dozens of volunteers showed up that Saturday. Thank GOD for volunteers.
We started in on Monday finishing the first floor and laying out the wall plates for the second floor. (Thanks Bill) TO informed me that there were 30 or more volunteers coming again this Saturday and that I needed to make sure we had plenty for them to do. We got the second floor walls up and prepared for the arrival of the Saturday warriors. Saturday was awesome.
We got the ceiling joists in and got a good start on sheathing the outside walls. The volunteers carried all the lumber to the building to prepare for the NIDO kids who were coming for all of week three. I love volunteers. Team two arrived as team one flew back to the states. Tom was excited to introduce me to our team two members. All four of them.
All female. I said, Wowbbbbbbbbb. A lot of prayers. I need to really pray. HELP!!!!
We started in on Monday morning and I soon realized that I was working with one of the best teams ever. These girls out worked my guys. The NIDO kids arrived and Noel and Rachael took half the kids and started digging a sewer ditch, about 100ft of sewer ditch. David and Johnny took the rest of the students to the building and it was like magic. I couldn’t believe my eyes. God really does answer prayers. They dug and hammered and dug and hammered and dug. Well, you get the picture. I rotated the teens so they could do different jobs. What a good bunch. They all have an awesome work ethic. And I’m not just saying that because their teachers were watching. Friday came and we said our thank-yous and gave our hugs and finished getting ready for our Saturday volunteers. Did I mention. I love volunteers. That Saturday we got up the roof rafters, finished the wall sheathing, painted in the caretakers house, and started putting the building wrap on. Over 50 volunteers that day. Thank you Jesus! Week four we finished up all that was started. Roof on, caretakers house painted, grounds cleaned up, new sewer pipe burried. Several other small projects were also done while we were there. Thanks crewb!!!     Thanks HOH girls for your help on the final push. Awesome job!!
 
Feb.-Mar. 2013 we will be back at it with pluming, electric, windows and siding. Come on down and see GOD at work big time. Come bless the HOH girls and the HOH staff. Bless the kids from the orphanage and the kids from the feeding program. I guarantee you will have fun, good fellowship, and a changed heart.
 Tio Chocolate

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