It was a day of firsts for the Bethany team! Half of the team just got back to the hotel after the longest build day ever and it’s 8pm. The other truck with half of our team are still on the road as I write this and we haven’t even had supper yet. We had 6 different build teams working on houses today, with each team building 2 homes (some in communities that had never had homes built before). That’s a first! And in total that makes 12 homes completed in one day! How incredible is that?
Although it’s late and we are in serious need of showers, we’re hungry and pretty much exhausted. But when you hear the stories we heard today you will know why it is so absolutely worth it. One of the families that received a home this afternoon was Andreas (age 70) and his wife Paula (age 55). Their grandson, Jose (age 18), will also be living with them. Andreas became a Christian 16 years ago when he accepted Jesus Christ into his heart. He said his life changed completely after he knew Jesus as his Saviour. Before that he was an alcoholic for many years and his wife and children suffered greatly because of it. He became a changed man, and when Paula saw the difference in Andreas life, she accepted Jesus in her heart as well.
Andreas said that there was no way he could ever afford a house, like the one we were building for him. As a farmer all of his life, he could barely provide for his family. He knew this was God’s blessing in their lives and he couldn’t be more thankful! Paula said that in the morning she went to another build site and saw one of the houses we were building. She couldn’t believe how beautiful the house was! She came home and cried that she would receive such a beautiful house this afternoon. She had never seen a Shelter house before.
Their old house was ready to fall down, they told us. They were worried that it would actually cave in on them. In the rain season, they had to put buckets out for all the rain that came in their roof. Now they couldn’t believe they would have a roof that doesn’t leak. What incredible joy to see their happiness and thankfulness. We praise God for what He can accomplish through us as we give of our lives for His service.