Friday, November 3, 2017

Ecuador Mission Trip - Repairing A Home

walking down the dirt road to get to the job site

Kenny carrying a bag of concrete.  We all did this over and over and over again.

One of our major projects while we were in Ecuador was helping repair a home for a Pan de Vida beneficiary family.  People, by most standards, wouldn't even call it a home.  It was a concrete and brick building with a tin roof.  The roof had so many holes in it that the people inside would get wet when it rained.  

That project definitely put me to the test.  It was some of the hardest manual labor I've ever done.  Looking back, I'm proud to have helped out and felt accomplished at how much endurance I had.
top view of the house without the roof

There was no machinery and very little tools.  We mixed concrete and mortar with shovels.  Our way of stacking bricks is way different than the Ecuadorian way.  Rather than use a leveling tool, bricks were determined to be straight by way of a string.  

Because where we worked had no front yard and the roads were all paved with dirt, it wasn't as easy as dropping the materials off at the front door and starting from there.  We carried bricks, steel beams, bags of concrete and dirt, big rocks, and all our tools however we could and walked them down the road and found a feasible spot.  It was Arms and Legs Day, each day.

reinforcing the wall with brick

After tearing off the roof, we worked on building a brick wall down the middle of the house.  That way there would be an extra bedroom, if you will.  The "maestro" didn't care for our way of building the wall the first time, so he ordered it be tore down.  We did.....and rebuilt it all over again.
Although we didn't get the entire house done by the time we left, a lot got accomplished.  We worked great as a team, for the most part.  There were a couple cases of "too many cooks in the kitchen" but we worked through it.

shoveling to make concrete

Each day at the job site was backbreaking and tedious but I'd do it all over again.  #NothingEasyAboutIt

  We were the hands and feet of Jesus for a family that was truly amazing and humble.
dusting steel beams

The middle square section is the room that we built.  The kitchen is off to the right and the other bedroom is off to the left.  Seven people live in this house!


Anonymous said...

This is so awesome to see. I love seeing young people do things like this. A house for 7 people to call there own.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Good work team! It's really humbling to see how people in less fortunate countries live. I can't imagine having to share that dwelling with 6 other people.

Jana Leah B said...

Wow, that's a lot of hard, manual labor, but worth it.

Sue Hull said...

What a great job you all did. Its amazing how little they need to be happy ☺

An Apel a Day said...

WOW that does look like a ton of work. I bet it was rewarding though!

Mimi N said...

SO incredible. It's hard, but isn't it incredibly fulfilling to do that work? What a gift you've helped give that family!