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Panama 2016 - Day 3

Holla Espave!
We are here to work!
Leaving the comfort of our hotel and picking up supplies on the way, we headed to the church site to prep walls, prime the walls for paint, dig a 6x6 hole for a new septic tank and lay cement for an entry area.
When we arrived, we found many from the community waiting for us, eager to help!
Eli Soto lead us in prayer for the day, that God would help us accomplish the tasks at hand with no injuries, amen!
Of course, the children were there too and wanted to be with us. I think many of them were quite amused by my attempts at just a couple spanish words. These sweet children might just be the happiest, most joy-filled children I have ever met!
So many encounters with them by all of us, I hope that you get the chance to ask the team when they return about these very special kids!
This day, I brought with me bubbles, pop rock candy and matchbox cars. It was so much fun watching them with all of it. The pop rock candy was new for them and their surprised giggles were priceless! The matchbox cars were a BIG hit but did cause a minor “comparto” issue. (don’t be impressed, every time I said the word out loud, they giggled, not sure, but I think my Spanish is about as good as a 3 yr old).
Luz took over and settled them down, they are so well behaved and polite, I just love them to pieces and I know the whole team feels the same way!

As we stopped for break, the children were moved to another location for their free meal provided by sponsorship through the Nazarene Compassionate Child. 

Out in the yard, Aaron, Ken, Rick, Joe, Tracy and maybe more, were hard at work, ALL day digging, digging and mixing cement. One young man showed up, jumped in the hole with them and proceeded to tell them the correct way so that no one wasted their energy. He didn’t stop there, he barely left the hole for just a few moments all day. Joe said, “that man is a machine!” We did finally get him to pause and eat some food, these people are so grateful and such hard workers.

In our devotion time this morning, it was apparent that all of us are very aware of the stark differences of our lives and theirs. As we worked side by side today, I thought about these differences and how much they are teaching me without words.
They completely understand that this world is temporary and I am almost envious of their quiet strength!

2 Cor. 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Mold me God, for now I see clearly!

Linda

FYI - we are unable to post the pics attached to the blog, however; I am posting them in albums on my Facebook page.  Here is my Facebook link:  https://www.facebook.com/linda.caswell.39


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