So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God. Nehemiah 6:15-16
We woke up to the strong aroma of positivity and success. And coffee. It was much needed today.
Without a doubt the goal for our final workday was that the church will be finished! All glory to God!
Getting an early start out on the road (we told you the coffee was much needed), we had to make a very important pit stop. The front doors of the new church building were desperately waiting for us. We picked them up at the shop along with some drainpipe to finish the drainage project.
We got the ride kicked off with a responding edition of “This Little Light Of Mine” complete with glow stick bracelets and all seven verses! Good times!
Taking advantage of the cattle car hand straps hanging from the roof, we invented a wonderful body stretch, as we swung in all different directions. We found sore muscles in our body we didn’t even knew existed!
And yet another amazing sunrise to greet us as we hit the dirt road for our final assent to Zoranje.
Our mighty but exciting to do list for today:
- Paint and install the front doors
- Finish the drainpipe installation
- Connect the drain in the baptismal
- Complete the gable in the back of the sanctuary
- Distribute all of the flip-flops to the community
We got working right away. Almost instantly there was a line outside the church gate with curious eyes and anxious hearts waiting for their flip-flops.
The last stroke of the paintbrush. The final twist of the cap. And the concluding pull on the trigger of the screw gun.
IT WAS DONE! Phase 1 of the church building was complete! We are excited for the people to have their service in their new church on Sunday!
We snapped a few team pics, thanked God for using us to complete this part of the plan, said our goodbyes and headed over the mountain to a surprise event…
After arriving at a makeshift parking lot, we descended down about 300 steps to come face to face with a fantastic waterfall! Many of us joined the young boys as they expertly guided us, zigzagging our way up the falls to the top. It was completely exhilarating as we basked in the beauty of the falls and the lush valley below! What a treat! All the glory to God!
Drenched from flopping around in the waterfall, it was a looooong ride home, but so worth it! Back at the guesthouse, exhausted but feeling oh so rewarded, we yet again enjoyed another wonderful dinner and great fellowship on the patio.
Tomorrow is our day off to explore a bit. We are looking forward to another Haitian adventure and a trip to the observation deck overlooking the city.
Stay tuned! And continue to pray for our church family here in Zoranje, that God will bless this new church building and be the beacon of Hope and Love for the community. Pray for us, The Twelve, as we enjoy one last day and embark back home on Saturday.
P.S.We know you are all waiting for this… Alli once again holds onto the Patio Queen title with no slight comparison from Garry. And Pastor Jim has successfully persuaded several other team members to join the support of number 31… Although some are still pulling for number 20… Time will tell!