We got all the trusses up from the pile they were in onto the roof, and they’re all nailed up there now. The boys up top had a really hot time, but that didn’t stop things from getting done.

Matthew here

 

Bob, Isaiah, and Brian De – Top crew

 

Trusses being passed up

 

Personally, this is my first time here. I’ve never done a mission trip of any sort before and I’ve certainly never been anywhere this hot before. I keep seeing things that are different from what I’m used to, and hearing about things even more unfamiliar to me. One of the most surprising things to meis how quickly I’ve grown to love all the people here. Everyone here is great, and the team is wonderful too. Watching everyone support each other warms my heart almost as much as the sun warms my skin.

Young cute kids in front. Two old goats in the rear

 

I’ve learned a lot from this experience, and I know that this trip has already had a profound impact on my life. Seeing how these people go about their lives, despite hardship, makes me truly grateful for everything I have. I feel a great respect for these people, as this trip reshapes my perspective. I think it’s going to be interesting once I get home, to see how much I still view as normal and how I’ll look at everything differently.

Some sit straight on

Before I forget, today we gave away thirteen goats from Erin Newell’s goat fund. She raised enough for twenty-one, and I know all of them will be greatly appreciated.  (Note from Karen.  Preschool students who received goats came directly from school but are not in uniforms as today is Friday.)  Back in Canada, Erin asked me to get a picture of Gerry chasing after the goats. I’m sorry, but there was no chasing of goats so I didn’t get the picture. I was looking forward to it just as much as she was, believe me. And with that, I have exhausted my words. I’d like to bid you all good night.

HATS secondary student, 1st place in grade 9

 

HATS student receiving a goat

 

acqueline, 1st place student of HATS school, receiving a gift of a goat

 

One of HATS’ grade 11 students

 

Preschool 2 student receiving a goat

~Matthew