Work Team & Home Set Up

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Hi Folks! One month in México! Wow!  So much has happened!

We’ll just give some of the highlights!

On August 19 we travelled to a town called Cuetzalan where we stayed with the Work Team from Bethany EMC to help work on a building at a church in a small nearby town called San Miguel.

Bethany Team
Bethany Team

It was quite the 10 day adventure! The days there were quite hot as it is at a much lower elevation than it is here in Puebla.  So, it was hot and humid during the daytime but it cooled off fairly well at night.

The first couple days were spent travelling to Cuetzalan (about a 3 hour drive), getting settled into our accommodations and picking up the team from the airport in Mexico City – about another 4 hour drive from where we’d be staying near the worksite. Once we got the team settled we got started on the building.

Worksite
Worksite

Before we arrived, many workmen from the church had built the stone foundation you see in the picture. Lots of clearing and mixing concrete and mortar! We also had to put together all the rebar with wire for the columns and eventually the ceiling/roof for the second level (second level not part of this project).  Here is a picture of what it looked like nearing the end of our time on the project.  They still had to put the ceiling/roof on and finishing touches. Click here for photo gallery of the work.

All the walls up!
All the walls up!
Front Entrance.
Front Entrance.

Here’s a wee video of part of the church service we attended – with the congregation of that church.

The next 2 weeks we dedicated to getting much needed rest and setting up our home.  Praise the Lord!  After several nights in our new home, we were able to adjust to the cacophony of dogs barking and late night traffic and finally get some good rest! Fortunately, the construction across the street doesn’t start until late morning and finishes early evening. We were able to get most of the essential items to set up our home (Table/Chairs, Sofa set, Bed, linens, dishes, etc. and some borrowed items from the Chapples) in the two weeks we have before starting Language School. If you are unfamiliar with how things work here, it takes a very long time to do pretty much anything (add that on top of not knowing much of the language), so we are very grateful that we’ve been able to acquire some essential items before we launch into an intense schedule of Language Learning. Thanks to the Chapples for everything!  We certainly wouldn’t have been able to do much without their knowledge and help this past month.

We’ll have to give a video tour of our home on one of our next updates.

On September 16, México celebrates Independence Day.  It is a holiday and there are lots of celebrations.  We heard from the director of our Language School that free tickets were being given away.  See video below:

The London Symphony Orchestra!!!!  We managed to park, stand in a line of thousands of people, get the last free tickets available of the 5,000 they were giving out – all in under an hour!  Eat your heart out Canada!

4 thoughts on “Work Team & Home Set Up

    Gerry boyer said:
    September 11, 2015 at 15:15

    Hi Phil & Carolyn, it is great to hear everything is going well. Sure miss you guys. How is Bear enjoying Mexico. It sounds like you have had an interesting first month in Mexico. We’ll take care and we will talk again soon. Blessings to you both. Don & Gerry

      philaenglish responded:
      September 12, 2015 at 19:04

      Thanks!
      Things are going well, pretty tired though. Bear is adapting to a different lifestyle here – he is not able to go off-leash to explore his community like he could in Lakewood at Lion’s Head. He is learning his role as a guard dog! Hope all is well with you folks.

    Ed & Moe said:
    September 11, 2015 at 20:51

    Love it. Can you see our envious faces 🙂 Looking forward to your reviews. Thanks so much for your updates. it helps us to feel part of your ministry. The Bethany Church Team were they from St. Catharines? Praying for you.

      philaenglish responded:
      September 12, 2015 at 19:02

      The Work Team was from Bethany EMC in Kitchener. It went well despite some of the team getting sick. I guess that comes with the territory!

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