It's the morning of day 3, and I am still using my phone as a hotspot on poor cell signal. I know many of you are looking for pictures: during the day I have been posting to the LifeHouseHSM Instagram story, you can follow us there and see the team in action. These pictures are a poor substitute for the excellent videos and photos that Ryan Galleher and Kendall Milton are preparing for all of you, and we are working on getting (some of) them up tonight to share.
Yesterday the crew worked hard, and they all have their walls up. One team, Santa's Elves, made it even farther along: we were planning to build a double house, but we could not figure out how to put a 22x22 foot house on a lot that was smaller than 22 feet. The family still wanted a single, so as you can imagine an extra large team is pretty far along. They began putting up tar paper before we left the site yesterday at 4:30 PM.
The process for the build is roughly:
Many of our teams were able to start typical "Wednesday" jobs yesterday. I have been impressed watching teams with difficult lots rise to the challenge. One team, Team Hot Lips, has all of their building supplies on the road and is then constructing on a foundation that they can only get to by scaling down an 8-foot ladder. Once they're on the pad, there's not much room to work. But every time I visit their site they're working smoothly and have a great attitude. This team was blessed to meet a woman who helped connect our families with AMOR and has invited the team to eat their lunch under her shaded porch with seating for all.
This team is not the only one to experience hospitality, many of the families and neighbors have offered us ice water and various items of food. Because of our delicate stomachs, we have to turn down most consumables no matter how appetizing it looks. We can accept their help in building the house, and it's not unusual for the family to build alongside us, or even to have neighbors stop and help. And we're frequently assembling wall panels in the yards of our families neighbors. It has been inspiring to see how the individuals we meet have been living out our theme for the week, 'One Another' where we're narrowing on Paul's instruction to "seek to do good to one another and to everyone." (1 Thessalonians 5v15).
Last night we were blessed to hear from Gayla Congdon, co-founder of AMOR, who spoke on service and humility. Gayla is always inspiring, and we were particularly blessed to hear that as they are working to buy the property that our camp is located on, they are going to build a giant tool shed named in honor of our friend, Jim Little who passed away earlier this year. Jim loved this trip, and his legacy of service and humility lives on in the hearts and lives of many.
We're about to call together our team and depart, so hopefully, I will be back tonight with pictures. Remember to look for snapshots on our Instagram Story!
-Matt Hall, Director of Youth and Family Ministries
Saratoga Federated Church
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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