Yesterday after the meeting a brother asked if I would come to his house to help him with some improvements. He said he wanted to paint. After some other plans of mine fell through, I decided to go. When I showed up I realized there was a lot more work to be done. I was really impressed with how much of the congregation showed up to help. I went right to work helping the brothers move some dirt. Two brothers shoveled, and a few of us carried buckets full of dirt outside. Where else would you dump the dirt, then on the curb in front of your house, and your neighbors house. I had to laugh at this, not because its wrong, but because this would never fly in the states. If you were in the states, and dumped a big pile of dirt where your neighbor parks his car, and walks to his house, you would probably make some enemies, not to mention a possible call from your local government. Just another example of how things are done differently here.
For three hours I traversed back and forth from the back room to the front curb with two buckets full of dirt. Needless to say, me and Marcos – who was right with me the whole time – were pretty exhausted when we were done. But I was real happy to see it through till we removed all the dirt. Afterward we enjoyed some food, and headed home.
The line on the wall is a good indicator of where we started.
It was great to see how hard these brothers and sisters worked supporting one family in our hall. Most of the congregation showed up, and worked with joy. I was amazed at how much got done in such a short time. Kind of like a quickbuild, but just to help a brother with improvements on his house. In the states it would be rare for half the congregation to show up to help you do maintenance on your house.
I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot about my brothers and sisters….But I am really sore now.
On a side note, I tried Cuy for the first time…. tastes kinda like chicken.
and I have a study now that is 112 years old…heres a pic