We hired a mason that someone from the government had met, and he began to lay the block that would be the walls of the house. As it turns out, that week we had some families here visiting over their Spring break, and we were able to have them join us in our first official work day on Noehmi's house!
The house is located in a part of town called Tres Reyes, or Three Kings. Families can buy plots of land that are 10 meters across, by about 30 meters deep. It is on the far west outskirts of what is still Cancun. It has no running water, no electricity, no sewage, nothing. Nonetheless, families who are buying land there are excited because it is a fresh start for them, it's something they can actually own and can take complete ownership of.
When we arrived to begin working the mason was already there. As soon as we got out of the van we could hear Christian music. None other than Ray Botlz classics in Spanish. Thank you, for giving to the Lord, in Spanish. Enrique, our mason we had hired without really knowing him, is a believer. He came to know the Lord just about a year ago now. We marveled once again how God continues to connect the dots.
So as Enrique continued with his mission to lay block, and our team also joined in. Our mission: To find rocks from around the area to fill in center of the house, and to move an entire truckload of yellow dirt into the house, under what will one day be the floor of the house.
I have to admit, that the faces of the team wanted to say, "This looks impossible!" and "We'll never finish!" But by the grace of God, one rock at a time, and one shovel full at a time, we did it! I encouraged a few members of the team to write down prayers and scriptures during their water breaks, and to take time to place those pieces of paper within the block walls of the home as we worked - an in a sense to be dedicating the home to the Lord throughout our day.
What a great day to come together in service to the Lord, in service to this family during their time of great need, and to see God accomplish something that perhaps seemed impossible for our little time of 9. We look forward to where this relationship with Noehmi's family will lead - and we look forward to watching the progress on this new home for them. Our prayer is that it will truly be a blessing to them!