A change of pace

Today we changed things up a bit.  The guys went up to work at Lomngeletjane and the girls worked with youth from St. Paul’s to paint a bedroom and kitchen/living room in a house near St. Paul’s.  It sounded like the girls were ready to have a bit of a break from the guys so the timing was perfect.

The guys did a fantastic job on the slab.  They had the slab for the second classroom poured by lunch time.  It sounds like they worked as a well oiled machine.  Tomorrow they are hoping to do the slab for the third classroom, however, we still haven’t solved the water situation so we’ll see what tomorrow brings.  I rented a generator to connect to the water pump so we could fill the water tanks, but evidently it quit working not long after we left the site.  We are going to try to get it fixed first thing in the morning.  If we don’t get it fixed, there is still plenty of work to be done but everyone is really hoping to have all four slabs done this week.

The girls went with some of the youth from St. Paul’s to a home near St. Paul’s in order to paint a couple of rooms in the house.  It is the home of a youth from St. Paul’s that passed away last year. They had the two rooms painted before lunch as well.  So all in all, at least for the girls, today turned out to be a day of a little rest as well.

Pholani (the young man in the blue jacket) said we had to drive to the worksite because there wasn't another man to help carry the 20 liter container of paint to the home. You can guess how independent American women took that. So here is a picture of Martha and Kat showing him girls ARE strong. Halfway there they traded off with Amber and Pholani.

Kat, Carlie and Pholani preparing part of the room for painting. They had to move the furniture that was against the wall into the center of the room. The room was about 10' x 10' maximum and had 3 beds, a dressing table with mirror and a wardrobe in it.

Here's Martha sweeping some of the dust and cob webs off of the walls before they started painting.

Martha, Carlie and Kat painting one of the kitchen/living room walls

Two of the girls from St. Paul's painting one of the bedroom walls.

4 thoughts on “A change of pace

  1. Martha, We are SO THRILLED to be keeping up with you and your groups’ mission work there! To God be the Glory…Great things HE is doing IN and THROUGH you all there, among the people! Keep up the Great work–We are praying for you! All our Love, Aunt Kathy & Uncle Pat

  2. ohhhhh I love the story about carrying the paint bucket! It sounds just like them! I can see their reaction exactly!!!

  3. Martha and Kat, you show them what a woman can do! I love all the pictures and am SO PROUD of all of the physical work and God’s work that all of you are doing. It’s like a UMArmy times 100!
    Judy Pittman (Mom)

  4. Martha, We are SO THRILLED to be keeping up with you and your groups’ mission work there! To God be the Glory…Great things HE is doing IN and THROUGH you all there, among the people! Keep up the Great work–We are praying for you! All our Love, Aunt Kathy & Uncle Pat

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