My Dad reminded me last night that so many times throughout the Bible God uses people to do jobs for which they are not well-equipped or trained. It has been amazing to watch a 12-year-old, two 16-year olds, their grandparents, and a capable engineer mud and sand drywall like pros! Ed, Dad, Brent and Rudy spent over an hour pounding a small hole in a concrete wall in order to connect a wire for an electrical circuit. The ladies (Alex, Lyndsey, mom and I) can't seem to keep up with cleaning the messes the boys make!
Little by little, the pieces are coming together! It is hard to believe that we are putting the finishing touches on an 2-year project that started as a dream of an illiterate comedronas from a small Guatemalan village!
I am so thankful for my family!! My parents have been so supportive (financially as well as in many other ways) of SewHope, and especially this birthing center project. My children have worked many hours without complaining...they are amazing. And my husband has adopted this as his own and is now the boss (2nd only to Ismael!).
By tomorrow, all of the electricity will be complete, drywall should be nearly complete, and painting walls will be underway. Woodworking is looking great as well!
Stay tuned for pictures of the 'Inauguration' of the 'Casa Materna' on Saturday!
Leading up to our trip to Guatemala, I knew first and foremost what my mission in being there was: to learn the ministry of SewHope so that I could help others learn more about the ministry when I returned. I have worked at a downtown Toledo homeless shelter for 6 years, I have traveled to remote parts of Africa and I have held people as they cried because their homes were washed up by hurricane Katrina. I have seen poverty before and so I felt that I was equipped to accomplish my mission and excited to begin my task. But the things I saw and experienced were far greater than any checklist I had in my mind. God had higher plans.