We arrived safely home on January 28th. All is well other than the normal jet lag feeling, colds and bug bites. We were not able to take our own pictures of our work in the "campo" country. Rodrigo the owner of the property took pictures and sent them to Brad to give to us with his permission. We wanted you all to be able to see the pictures. We will be having a sharing, question and answer time on February 10th, 2019 at 1215 at the Parkland campus in the Olympic room. This will give people who attend the Graham campus a chance to get there. We would love for you to come and hear about our experience.
We finished the cement today. There was some extra so we built and poured some steps leading into their house. We also worked on some siding. We had a BBQ and celebrated Rick’s birthday. We went to the park and spent time with our host families. This will be the last blog for a few days since we will be traveling starting tomorrow. Please pray for us Sunday morning till Monday late afternoon as we are traveling. Several of our team also have various nagging ailments- colds and bug bites. Also no unexpected surprises this time!
This morning we finished getting all the rock material in and compacted. We also worked on siding and adding boards for nailing the siding. The plumbing was completed including water lines and septic drains. We finished the day adding black plastic “nylon” per the Chileans as a vapor barrier. we are now ready to pour the cement floor in the morning.
We spent the morning in the campo “country” working with a Mapuche family who is a friend of Brad the “gringo” missionary here in charge of construction. The Mapuche are the indigenous people who were able to resist the Spaniards in this area of Chile. The Mapuche have been in the news recently demonstrating about being taken advantage of and losing much of their land. Brad has been working with this Mapuche family and the co-op they are part of for growing and then cold processing raspberries to ship and get a fair price. There are currently about 30-40 Mapuche adults that are part of the co-op and they have accepted Brad and the help he has given them.
Today we spent the morning working with Rodrigo to dig a retention ditch that will eventually be about 6 feet deep and 6 feet across and 30 feet long. He will line it with plastic to use for watering his raspberries when the rainy season ends and they run short of water. We got a good start on the project. Expect some pictures with a different blog. Rodrigo took some pictures and will send them to us. Brad asked us not to take pictures as it is offensive to some Mapuche.
After lunch we worked at the church to continue to make the floor level for the concrete that will be poured on Saturday. We had “once” dinner at Mac and Valeria’s house to spend time with them. He coordinated the team last year when we were here. We are always amazed at how late people stay up in Chile. It is 10 pm as I write this blog.
We got up early and headed to Melipeuco to paint the new church building. In the late afternoon we drove to the National Park and got a close look at the Llaima Volcano. We had an adventure going “Four Wheeling” driving up the volcanic ash road. We saw a beautiful lake called “largo verde” or green lake and another lake that was so clear as if you could almost see the bottom. It was called Rainbow lake. The drive was beautiful. God sure created a beautiful world for us to enjoy.
Rick and Brad (an American who lives in Chile) worked on all the plumbing for the house. The team with help from our supporters raised enough money for Carlos and Elly to have hot water in this “casa” (house). We take so much for granted in our country. Sharon worked on siding and we finished filling. We were very grateful when the front loader arrived to move some of the fill material inside the house. Then we were in the shade. It took a total of 7 dump truck loads of the fill. After the floor was leveled the guys worked on the form for the center wall. Elly and Rosita were our cooks for the week to prepare our “almuerzo” (lunch). SCOTT and Terry sifted the gravel sand mix to make sand and pea gravel to put around the plumbing pipes. They used two different size crates to sift.
We continued to work on filing in the floor of the house to get it up to level to pour the concrete floor. Terry is standing outside showing how deep the fill is. About to the bottom of her fingers. Sharon and Terry worked on siding when not raking or shoveling the fill material. That evening the guys went fishing in the river with some of the Chilean men. The group caught 5 fish. They cooked them immediately on an open fire and ate them. They had a great time! Terry and Sharon went to the market with Rachel, one of our hostess.
The church service Sunday was wonderful. Great to see the people we have built relationships with over the years.The pictures from yesterday were the team working on bringing fill material in for the foundation to be able to pour the concrete. The plans were of Carlos and Ely’s house that we are working on. They are the caretakers of the church. Our luggage arrived and was actually delivered to Lautaro we were pleasantly surprised.
Rusty prayed several times for the unplanned to happen. This is the first part of our adventure! Our flight was going to be delayed 2 hours so the agent changed us to an earlier flight that would leave at 6:30pm instead of 7:50pm so we wouldn’t miss our connecting flight in San Francisco. The earlier flight ended up being delayed 3 hours. All flights were delayed due to bad weather in San Francisco. (We later found out that our original flight got in at 2am) We had to get to the international terminal when we landed. We ended up missing our connecting flight to Panama City. The plane was leaving in 45 minutes. We found out that they had checked our bags all the way through but not us. We were told we had to be checked in 1 hour prior to departure. (Oops on Alaska airlines in Seattle). Alaska airlines arranged a hotel for us and Uber to get us there. (Yeah for Alaska) We think our bags were stopped from going to Santiago by Copa. We got to the hotel at 2am. We got up at 6am to talk with the travel agent. We were able to buy new tickets on another airlines. So far our bags haven’t been found. Copa airlines only has personnel at the airport in the afternoon and our plane left at 12:30. We are now in Dallas waiting to fly to Santiago (: Thanks for praying. Two more flights to go!