Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Almost Forgotten Argentina Posts: Part Three

Today started our first day of work. And, believe me, there was more than enough work to go around. These lovely ladies got to cut and staple invitations for the Saturday night outreach. Don't worry girls...only 5000 to go.

There was a lot of cleaning and de-junking too. This whole area had to be cleaned out so the new basketball hoops and skate ramp could be stored. It may not look like much but it took a lot of time and people it took to get this area in ship shape. There was a lot of junk stacked and hidden in there.

Rob, Skye, Aaron, Brady and I took on this project. There is an area like this on both sides of the church, more specifically on either side of the platform. They had the glass doors covered with paper and drapes so the congregation didn't have to look at this while at church. We decided it might as well be cleaned out so we got started. Among the things rearranged and removed from this area:
*a rusty rotting bathtub filled with years old rain water and soggy rotten junk
*tons(literally) of tile
*shutters and doors(which I would've given my eye teeth for)
*cement and sand bags
An interesting fact about Argentina is people are not the least bit proud to go dumpster diving. There were always men out front waiting to see what we would bring out. We would fill it up and, ten minutes later when we headed out with another load, the dumpster would be almost empty. That rusty bathtub? Yep, gone.
      It took some elbow grease and a lot of work but when we were done it looked like this.

    Jeff Geer tried to fix this copier. Just when he thought he was done...it caught on fire :O)

                       Some people washed walls and painted.

     This is the other side of the platform. Not nearly as bad as the other but still in need of some work.

Much better.

Work projects are always hard and not always fun but I feel like we've left our mark on a place when we get in and get our hands dirty. Definitely one of my favorite parts of missions work.

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