We're a finely honed machine!!!

Trip Start Oct 16, 2009
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Trip End Oct 25, 2009


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Monday, October 19, 2009

Day two on the build - we work so well together!  We're learning how to become efficient.  We sift sand as a team, we dig holes as a team and we damp dirt as a team.  LOTS of dirt....

Since we're working so well together, we want to make sure you know our entire team.  There's lots of us....30+!  We've posted everyone's picture on the blog so you can get to know us.  There's a few "old jugs" and a few "cracked pots" in the group but we're a pretty great group......you'll have to ask a team member what "old jugs" and "cracked pots" mean.  

We saw Jesus in a few places today:

The first was when we were coming back from our break.  Three little girls gave us an impromptu concert singing, smiling, dancing and laughing.  We loved it!!!

We also saw Jesus in one of the children that will be moving into the house we're building for her family.  She wanted to be part of the build so she wheeled the last load of dirt into her house for the floor.    

One of the fun moments of the day was watching Dennis take over as general contractor.  We can certainly tell he runs his own business!

We also had fun singing with the mason's.  We all sang "Hotel California" in English and they knew the words better than some of us!  We're searching for a guitar for tomorrow....

We had lots of fun singing today.  We sang the doxology at lunch - in four part harmony.  If some of us decide that this Thrivent Builds gig isn't for us, we're going to go on tour for the rest of the week!  

We really appreciate the messages you're leaving on our blog.  Pass it along to others, it makes our day knowing that you're interested in what we're doing!

Melanie Meyer  
 
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denisefriesth
denisefriesth on

Greetings!
Hello, Leon! Looks like everyone is working hard and accomplishing lots. Keep up the hard work and we'll welcome your stories when you return.
Denise

jeanmas1
jeanmas1 on

Tom Massnick
You look so funny in that hard hat!
Have a great experinceand enjoy.

Mom

sitesfamily
sitesfamily on

hello from Colo
Hey all,
Looks like the trip is going well, our prayers are being answered. Mom it was great to hear from you, glad you can be there.
Brent

nattiet22
nattiet22 on

Hmmm...
Couldn't help but notice that the pic of Rusty was the last one on the page! Also, noticed that there were NO pictures of Rusty actually doing any work! I must say that I am in no way surprised!!! :) J/K You know I love ya, Rusty! I got to see Al last night. If you're ears were ringing, we were talking about you!

Mi amor de lejos!

Natalie

conniejean
conniejean on

Hola Papi!
Dad (aka Brian) estoy tan orgullosa de ti y trabajo que estan haciendo ahi! Cuidate mucho y disfruta el tiempo que tengas ahi. Te quiro mucho. connie

rogerdunlap
rogerdunlap on

HI CARL
LOOKS LIKE YOUR GETTING A SUN TAN.WARMER HERE TODAY IN OHIO. PRAYING FOR ALL OF YOUR CREW EVERY NIGHT.TAKE CARE. WE LOVE YOU. MOM AND ROGAER

kkdybing
kkdybing on

Following you from Minnesota
It's great to read your blog and to hear the wonderful stories of your time in El Salvado.

Kristin Smith

hendrics
hendrics on

Greetings from Iowa
I enjoy reading the blogs and seeing the video and pictures. I would like to see a picture or 'mug' of my husband Tom!!!

pegharris
pegharris on

Greetings from Iowa!
Hey Christopher!!

It's great to see a bit of what you are up to down there - makes it seem as though you are not so far away. Take care.

Love, Daddy-o

kbrathovde
kbrathovde on

Greetings to the working crew!
Hey Dad! (Rick Brathovde)

Looks like you are having a great time and keeping up your fun energy, with a yeehaw in the sand sifting video. haha

It's fun to read the blog every night and see how your building day has gone! I call mom every few nights and read it to her since she isn't so technology savy!

Keep up the great work and have fun! I can't wait to hear more stories upon your return!

Love you!!
~Kelsey

thriventbuilds
thriventbuilds on

Re: Greetings from Iowa
Sue,

Do not worry. Tom was not on site when we took the pictures but he is my roomy and I will be sure to get you a good picture of him for you.

thriventbuilds
thriventbuilds on

Re: Hmmm...
They are called mug shots for a reason you goof......miss ya. Thanks for writing.

Rusty

hendrics
hendrics on

Greetings from IOWA
Thanks so much for the pictures and the one action shot of Tom was very enjoyable!!!! Keep up the good work. Sue Hendricks

jmeyer1006
jmeyer1006 on

Greetings from California!
Love the pictures and the stories of the work you're doing! Thank you for the work you're doing! And say hello to Luis Fernando!

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