Friday, July 18, 2014

Build and Dig - HH2014 Day 2

Date: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Schedule for the Day:
5:45am - Roll out of bed
6:30am - Run 4 miles from Ojojona to Santa Ana & back with Bryan, Elmer, and Jaden
7:30am - Breakfast
8:40am - Devotional and Group Meetings with TX group.
9:00am - Split into 2 groups, leave for build site and Casa de Esperanza children's home
9:55am - Arrive at build site in Aguacatal to build a home for Maria Ophelia Rolas & daughter Juana
5:24pm - Finish build site with prayer and plaque dedication from Circleback Church in TX.
6:30pm - Arrive in Ojojona for dinner
8:00pm - Group Devotional
8:45pm - Snicker's bar (my favorite) and learning to play the soccer/dodgeball game aptly named "Killer"
10:00pm - Into the hammock with three blankets for the chilly night.   

Roosters
     I don't like roosters.  Whoever said they crow with the sunrise is crazy.  They crow anytime between 2am-10am and probably anytime other time too.  I wore earplugs to bed after that.  The sleep was pretty chilly out in the hammock slung next to Jaden and Luke.  It was about as chilly as the coolest night in Guajire last year. Yet the sleep we did get was welcome and needed.
Three Hammocks and Three Guys


Running
     Allen Burris invited me to run with him in Honduras in 2012.  I haven't stopped running since.  Today was a great 3.1 mile run for Elmer & Bryan while Jaden and I ran to the intersection in Santa Ana, 4 miles total.  The high altitude mountain air was a bit challenging.  Our 8:25 pace/mile was a bit slower than our states pace, but we did run up a mountain for the first 20 miles.  We loved the feel.  Click the link HERE to see basically where we ran.

Riding
     Somehow I got in the back of Dorian's truck with the tools while all the rest of the build team rode in Chino's van following us.  It did give me a bit of welcome alone time as I took in the beautiful scenery.  What could have been a 25 minute ride turned into a 55 minute ride as we couldn't quite find the build site.  Welcome to Honduras.  We picked up a local who knew were it was and it turns out we just hadn't gone quite far enough up the mountain on our first effort.
Morning Devotional

Morning Devotional

First Work Day

Hopping in Chino's van

Chino's van following behind me in the truck

View from my seat in the truck

Municipalty Sign Aguacatal

Dorian attempting to turn around

We pass by Chino's van looking for the build

We pass by Willie's bus and lotsof people looking for the build.

Kids viewed from the back of the truck

A view from the back on the way up the mountain


Build Site
     This home was for little old Maria Ophelia Rolas and her daughter Juana. She was very sweet and hung out near us most of the day.  During the post hole digging, when we had plenty of help and some downtime, Sadie, Emma W., and I went off down the road in search of kids to play with.  The first little girl was a little scared of us gringos and a chinita, but she warmed up after I helped her through the barbed wire fence she was stuck on.  Balloon animals helped as well.  This was a pretty long build by our standards as it took about 7.5 hours total.  After noon we began having more locals and Maria's family visit.  Circleback Church in TX had donated the money for this house build, so Ryan Bean prayed with the family and nailed up the dedication plaque.  I'm very proud of how he has grown and was taking a leadership role in this build.
Housebuild GPS Coordinates
13° 58' 46" N, 87° 22' 32.58" W

Click HERE to see a map of where we built.


Soon to be a home

Emma & Paige with a neighbor, Maria, & Juana

Moving wood

Moving wood

Moving wood

Moving wood

Ryan & George with Maria

Digging Holes

Digging Holes

Digging Holes

Digging Holes

Digging Holes

Digging Holes

Setting & leveling posts

Setting & leveling posts

Luke had a little fun

Setting & leveling posts

Setting & leveling posts

Setting & leveling posts

Setting & leveling posts

Emma & Sadie visit neighbors

Emma & Sadie visit neighbors

Working on walls

Working on walls

Working on walls

It's about people, not projects

Working on walls

It's about people, not projects.

It's about people, not projects.

Tall guys are helpful.

Tall guys are helpful.

The floor team is beast!

The floor team is beast!

The floor team is beast!

Topher, Bryan, & Chad on top of the world

Topher, Bryan, & Chad on top of the world

Setting center supports

Topher, Bryan, & Chad on top of the world


Topher, Bryan, & Chad on top of the world

Topher, Bryan, & Chad on top of the world

Topher, Bryan, & Chad on top of the world

Topher, Bryan, & Chad on top of the world

Topher, Bryan, & Chad on top of the world

Topher, Bryan, & Chad on top of the world

Tall guys with tin

Topher, Bryan, & Chad on top of the world

Topher, Bryan, & Chad on top of the world

Getting the beds & inner walls ready

Getting the beds & inner walls ready

Tall guys with tin

Topher, Bryan, & Chad on top of the world

Paige sorts nails

When you don't have a ladder

When you don't have a ladder

When you don't have a ladder

When you don't have a ladder

When you don't have a ladder

Circleback Church dedication plaque

Emma sweeps out saw dust

The build team with Maria & Juana

Erin gives blankets from MCOC.

Blankets from MCOC

Blankets from MCOC

Thanks for sponsoring this build Circleback Church.

Room 1.

Room 2

Another look at Paige

George in a tough spot

Working on Walls




Digging a Foundation
     Dave, Randy, Dan, Elmer, and Charles volunteered to go to Casa De Esperanza to begin moving rocks and digging a footer for the next section of the security wall that was being built all summer long.  Dave had supporters who donated money to help pay for the effort of this wall build.  This was a long hard day of work which gifted our group with the new quote, "It's better than moving rocks."  If anyone complained about anything it was quickly but lightly rebuked with "Well, it's better than moving rocks."  These great guys did get to spend some time after 3pm playing with some of the children at the Casa De Esperanza children's home.  Notice anytime you see Dave with kids, they are smiling.
Mixing Cement

Digging a footer

Mixing Cement

Digging a footer

Mixing Cement

The wall so far

Mixing Cement

Mixing Cement

Mixing Cement

Mixing Cement

Mixing Cement

Mixing Cement

Working on the wall

Scenes at Casa de Esperanza

Scenes at Casa de Esperanza

Scenes at Casa de Esperanza

Scenes at Casa de Esperanza

Scenes at Casa de Esperanza

Scenes at Casa de Esperanza

Scenes at Casa de Esperanza

Scenes at Casa de Esperanza

Scenes at Casa de Esperanza

Scenes at Casa de Esperanza

Gringos score!



Evening Cool Down
     We had another great dinner cooked by Enerida and Yessinia followed by another group devotional with the group from Childress, TX.  I didn't write down the devotional for this night so I'm going to have to rely on someone else's notes.  I did write down the quote "Focus on PEOPLE rather than projects."  Then we learned a game called "Killer" from one of the TX guys.  It's a cross between dodgeball and soccer, and yes, it is killer! (Note - I can't find the game on Google or Youtube, so I'll attempt to write the rules in a blogpost later. Charles was down for a while after an ill-timed kick sent him doubled over on a bench.  Glad he was ok soon for our work the next day!  It was unusually cool again this evening.  These first two evenings felt as cool as our night last year in Guajire, and the temperature was still dropping.  Little did we know the entire week would be the coldest we had ever experienced in Honduras.  I felt bad for the Honduran population who had no heaters.  I felt grateful to God that Mitchell Church of Christ had been making blankets all year for us to give away with our builds.  Maria & Juana would sleep warmer tonight in their beds with new mattresses and blankets.