Day 2 – Work
We had our first full work day today. The students were divided into 4 different teams and 4 different projects. One group worked on a sanding and sealing a huge telephone pole that is going to be on the challenge course here at El Refugio. This new element is called the Leap of Faith. Students will climb the pole and then stand on a small platform on the very top. The very last aspect of the challenge is to leap from the platform on the top of the pole and reach out for bar that is just out of reach (hence the name Leap of Faith) The second team was working on the side of the mountain preparing the site for this element of the challenge course. They had to dig out the side of the mountain in order to create a level spot for groups to meet and to facilitate the element. They had to cop down a tree by hand (the chainsaws are busy in other locations) just in order to develop the necessary space. Our third group was removing a “hedge row”. The term hedge row is a gross understatement. These are 40 foot trees that have dense growth. Most of these students spent their day with machetes in hand, removing the brush and creating piles of limbs to be burned later. Lastly, our fourth group spent their day laying a concrete slab behind the workshop. This group really learned to function effectively as team and to support each other.
You would all be really proud of these students. They worked incredibly hard all day and I never heard one complaint.
Our evening concluded with a time worship and our study of John 15. We are discussing what it means to follow Christ with reckless abandon. Jesus taught his disciples to abide in Him and as a team we spent time trying to understand what that looks like for us. The students brought amazing insight to the discussion and I am encouraged by how to are learning together as a team.
Tomorrow morning we leave for the jungle. We are be baptizing students in the basin of a waterfall in the jungle on Friday morning and the students will be leading VBS in a small jungle town on Friday evening. We will be out of contact until Saturday morning. We look forward to sharing all about this when we return from the jungle.