Visiting Construction Sites

So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? Ecclesiates 3:12

Yesterday was a long day for us. First thing we went over to the Gov’t school where we have a crew putting a roof on their office. Raelee and I have never been over there, it is further in the village. The head master and teacher came out and had me sign their guest book and thank me for the work. I noticed Raelee standing alone off to the side, she gets a little anxiety and awkwardness (surprising I know) when around adults she doesn’t know. So I walked over to her and handed her my camera for the first time ever. Showed her how to focus and snap the photo. I took the first two pictures – you look at her first hand at it and you’ll know this picture takin’ mama is pretty proud of her! Some of the pictures of people she took driving down the bumpy road! Definitely going to encourage her in photography and be glad to have someone else take pictures also. Sometimes you don’t realize the things you miss because you are behind the camera taking the pictures!

The Christian school across the road from us is basically mud and sticks. It has seven tiny classrooms with over one hundred children now. Crammed in rooms that can’t even fit desks. They asked us in the beginning of the year if we could help them build a temporary building for the seventh grade class since they did not own the land. We did. It’s not a building we are proud of – we had other things going on and without supervision it turned out a little leaned to the left! Haha! A month ago they were inspected by the government and were informed that if they added three more classrooms they will get a certificate and be placed on the list of government approved schools. This will qualify them for some government help – not a lot. But being on the list will elevate them, more people will want to send their kids to the school and they will be able to pay their teachers. The lady that owns the land said she would sell it to them. So they came to us again and asked what we could do to help. We told them that before we would bring it up to our board they would have to at least buy the land and we would ask for the three buildings to be built. They did and the board approved the buildings. Christian has worked hard cutting all the boards, a bigger job here since wood is not the same width or thickness from board to board and as of yet he hasn’t found a good planer; staying just ahead of the crews that are building. And the crew has been working hard – and this time there has been more supervision and a new crew chief! Christian also showed them how to ship lap it and if you look in the one picture you can see the difference in the older building and the newest one. The old one they asked for space to be left between each board to get circulation but we wanted the new buildings to look nice so they agreed to the ship lap sides only up about seven feet and then the windows. With screens! So now, if we can come in under budget we would like to take apart the first one and make it like the new ones. We tried to help with a plan looking forward if they add, build in a way they can tear down the stick and mud building but they have their own plans! So, as long as they are happy and we can still be proud of our work we are all good! We believe in the importance of having the school here and are so happy God has blessed us with favor from the board and their trust that we are good stewards with what we are given. We are thankful for all the people that have given to our organization to help lift this community up and make an impact to the Kingdom of God.

THEN we came home and worked nine hours on sawing, feeding, cleaning and doctoring! On Thanksgiving day I was so very thankful I have been given a husband who, after a full day of work took pity on me and actually looked up a recipe online and surprised me with dinner at 8:30. And it was delicious!

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I am a Jesus lover, wife, mother and grandmother. I live in Uganda with two of my best friends and get to experience God's love, grace and mercy everyday. This is my personal blog and posts, pictures and views don’t necessarily represent the views of our organization. They are from our personal experiences as missionaries.

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