We built for them a two-unit home, each unit being 10 feet by 10 feet with a tall ceiling. We used no power tools at all--simply wood, a few hammers and saws, and nails. Simple. Not fancy. But it worked, and the home was complete in less than four days. Here's the finished product:
|The black is not paint; it's creosote, which is a nasty tar-like substance, but it will keep the home bug-free and termite free for the family. We were asked to put the date and the names of our churches on the front trim of the house.|
No electricity. No running water. Cement floor. No kitchen or bathroom facilities. In the U.S., the structure would have been a nice-sized tool shed. To these orphans and their grandmother, it was a mansion--truly "manna from Heaven," as one hospital official called it.
The thankfulness and appreciation of this grandmother when we dedicated her home and gave her the keys was almost indescribable. In a culture where people are so desperately poor and where there is so much corruption, it is simply unheard of to receive ANYTHING for nothing in return, much less a new home. She raised her hands in praise to God and sang and danced like you've never seen. It was very inspiring and very moving.
To be an instrument of hope to this small family was worth the trip itself.