By Lilli O’Brien, student participant
It was an exciting first day on the worksite. We were able to meet the families that we have the opportunity to serve. Early in the morning we headed to our worksites and jumped right into building the houses. First we sorted wood, and started sawing it into the correct measurements. The first task I worked on was sawing. This was a new experience for me but with the patience and support from leaders, I somewhat learned how. Today we also worked on building the walls for our house using just a hammer and nails. Along with the hard work, we had many laughs with the young kids living in the area, further motivating us to build a great home. The family provided us with fresh mangos to show how grateful they were for our hard work. It was inspiring to see our theme of resilience being lived out through the family. Our devotion for today was about finding strength and being present. We were challenged to not only recognize what the family does not have, but what they do have to give. They may have less materials than us but they live out their love and compassion to the world. Seeing our church community lifting each other up in the heat and hard work gives me the strength for tomorrow’s work.