bonjour tout le monde! (Hello everyone!)
just finished our first work day, and already two unions have formed: the maintenance crew (Julie, Barb & Stacy) led the unionization charge and were quickly followed by the Union of Ron - Local 120.. (Sorry small inside joke)
We began the day by navigating the streets of Ponto to our work site by 8:30 am and had a time of devotions and then got to work.
we spent much of the day learning the French method of drywalling and hanging drop ceilings.
It was hard work and we had a blast! Everyone consistently asked how to be of best use.
So many of our team stepped up to the plate bringing their expertise, humor and great leadership.
we completed work at 7 pm and half the team headed to join the Hendriksons for dinner while the rest of us ate with our host families.
At one point during the day, another team member and I were struck by the fact that just a few short years ago, had anyone told him he would be in France on a mission team building a church he would laughed at them and told them they were a fool.
And now here he is, using God's giftings and a willing heart to build a facility where many more people will come to know the grace and mercy of God.
I'm sure something got in my eyes, because they immediately started watering - maybe it was a glimpse and awesome reminder of the power of the Gospel to change hearts and lives.