Today we nearly finished the house, there are just couple of things left to do for tomorrow. The family made us lunch today which consisted of delicious corn and chicken tamales with macaroni salad. It’s so cool to see how generous this family has been, whether that has been through donating food or donating their time and energy into helping us with the house. They literally lived in a shack built with broken plywood and tarps, but now they have a beautiful home that is off the ground and will keep them dry and comfortable. The house has two bedrooms, one for the parents, and one for the two girls. There is also another front room, likely for kitchen and dining.
Anna (the mother) was actually crying while we were putting the roof up. Who knew that something as simple as having a safe, waterproof roof over their heads would be a life changer? Shouldn’t we all have the right to a safe, dry home? I have seen hundreds of homes now that are crumbling, unsafe, or made up of what many of us kids would use to make a ’tree fort.’ Things like tarps, sticks, garbage bags, ropes, blankets and scrap wood. These people are living in literal piles of garbage while we sit back in the comfort of our expensive homes and say “awe, I hope someone helps those people.” The one thing that I have learned from this trip is that we can’t just wait on someone to do something. If not me then who? Do you really need that quarter million dollar camper? Do you really need that second cabin at the lake? If we want to see change in this world then we need to be willing to get up and go do something about it. These people are so grateful for what we have done for them, and even though we were only able to go there for a couple of days I know that we have changed their lives forever. God has shown me that joy can come from helping other people and that in doing so we are helping to build the kingdom of the Lord.
Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us and the families we have been serving. Things couldn’t have been going better.
-Madison Tiemstra

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