Christian and a crew of our guys have been working at a school, plastering their 3 classroom buildings. With each job, we see the skill level and the confidence level go up with our guys. It really is exciting to see the changes in their outlook and how they are looking at themselves and each other differently. They have started giving us a small amount of their pay each week, we told them we would match what they put in, for medical expenses. They have been amazed at how much is already in the account after just a couple pay periods. Being on the grounds of the school, and seeing some of the older school kids helping on this job, getting experience, I think has caused them to think about their childrens futures, and how they can send their children to school. Please be in prayer with us, that we can help them in saving and setting goals and achieving them in order to have a better life, and to give their children a fighting chance. Most men here don’t have an education, and if they do, it is usually not past the 7th grade. (I’m really not sure that is even equivalent to our 7th grade.)
One of our guys is now working on getting his family a house built, he has been making his own bricks when he is not working. He needs 10,000 bricks total, so far he has 4,000 made. It is very interesting to see how they make them.
The school they are working on is run by The Mandate’s friends, Chad and Terra from Canada. They are a wonderful couple, and we are so thankful to have them in our lives! Terra has been here since she was 18, first with an orphanage, and since then have successfully found family and homes for the children and work with the families to keep them in school. We want to do whatever we can to help them and the children out! And we are excited, they just got their piggery finished so there will be pork! I have to say, it is the nicest “pigpen” I have ever seen!
I am so happy we could help on this project, but I am ready for my husband to be back home with Raelee and I! We aren’t used to him being gone all day everyday, and it has only been two weeks! Hopefully by the end of next week, or beginning of the year they will finish – the holidays will interrupt the timetable!