Sorry once again for not writing in forever! I’ve been slightly distracted since the team arrived and then my family’s arrival! The team arrived last Friday a little later than expected but all safe and sound. Saturday we played beach volleyball most of the morning. I showed off my stellar skills, not! But we all had a blast and got very sandy. The afternoon was filled was again with kid’s club. There is nothing more exciting than 600 kids running around in your yard. I took pictures once again and let kids borrow my camera to take pictures themselves. Everyone wanted to take a picture! Luckily, my camera was only dropped once and seems to be fine. It was totally worth it to bring smiles to their faces. One of the team members entertained a huge line of children by simply lifting them into the air and setting them back down. They all so desperately need love and attention. Today I had the opportunity to print some of my pictures off, so I can give them to the kids this Saturday. Sunday we all enjoyed church in the Vargas’ picnic shelter and then had a delicious meal cooked by the church people, followed by some soccer and fellowship.
Monday we started work with the work team. We sanded all the picnic tables, benches, picnic shelter, and playground. Then we began to varnish them all. Despite some sawdust in our eyes and sniffing a little too much varnish, all went really well. Tuesday I abandoned the work team to go pick up my family from the airport! I haven’t seen them in 6 weeks, so I was rather excited:) But I also realized I have developed another family here in the Vargases. Elizabeth teases me and bosses me around just like one of her own, and I fight with all the kids just like we were siblings. God has truly blessed me by bringing them into my life. My original family got some much needed rest during the day while I worked some more with the team filling sink holes. That night my dad and I made pancakes for everyone (Mickey Mouse is our specialty, but we tried some other interesting creations as well!). Wednesday morning we enjoyed an exciting shopping trip to the tourist section of the cancha, which is a market. Then we enjoyed some traditional saltenas for lunch and got back to work. We cleared weeds and trees and branches and thorns out of some land the Vargases have purchased but is currently not used. They hope to eventually put a racketball court and prayer center there. We made a huge pile of brush and were all covered in skratches and thorns by the end. We were rewarded by a wonderful evening out to a nice restaurant. Today I ran some errands with my fam in the morning and in the afternoon enjoyed my first experience paintballing! The first game I was shot in the face, nothing like a face shot to break you in! We really enjoyed shooting at each other, just like good Christians:) Then we played some soccer and ate the biggest pizza I’ve ever seen in my life! Well, I better go for now, but I hope to add more interesting stories soon! Thanks again for the prayers! It’s so great to have my family here with me to share in this amazing experience!