Texas Mission 2014: Day 2

The second day of mission trips is often marked by an amazing burst of energy and hard work. Today was no exception, as the team was up early and we worked hard to do the tasks in front of us.  There are not a lot of photos of the work, because, frankly, Steve screwing in drywall on Tuesday looks a lot like Steve screwing the drywall in on Monday.  He smells worse on the second day, but you don’t have the scratch ‘n sniff feature on your iPhone.  So trust me, we worked.

We also grew in our ability to be with and for each other and the world in community.

For instance… Marla and Sean in particular took great delight in helping us establish a little rapport with some of the children who will be living in “our” house.  Staying later in the day meant that we were home as they got off the bus and came walking in the drive…and were still around when they came out to play.

For instance… After the long work day, everyone wanted to go and explore the region immediately close to the border.  That meant about 45 more minutes in the van together…and a chance to meet some friendly Border Patrol Officers who reminded us (me) that the dirt road on which we were driving was probably not really 15-passenger-van-friendly (and, frankly, illegal…).  It meant seeing the border “fence” and talking about what walls did and did not do.  It meant stopping at the La Lomita (“little hill”) Chapel, built in 1865 and enjoying the tranquility of that place.

For instance… Mike and Joe brought us together for an amazing meal of brisket tacos and spicy beans – a time that was rich in laughter and celebration as we considered all that we’d seen today.

For instance…we ended our evening as we typically have this trip – by sitting in a circle and reacting to some of the humor and insight provided by the good people of Coffee With Jesus, an online comic strip that reveals the hope and the humor of the church.  Each of us is using a comic strip as a launching pad into consideration of our own spiritual journeys.  We have spent time each night in study and discussion of Nehemiah and his efforts to rebuild and renew the community to which he was called.

It was an amazingly good day.  Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.  Here are a few images….

Yesterday, these walls did not exist; today, they are taped!

Yesterday, these walls did not exist; today, they are taped!

Chris has spent much of the past two days touching up and retouching the paint… He's taken the brunt of the heat and this place looks great!

Chris has spent much of the past two days touching up and retouching the paint… He’s taken the brunt of the heat and this place looks great!

The kitchen area is coming together...

The kitchen area is coming together…

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Sean thought he was "taking it easy" on the kids…until we learned that they were taking it easy on him!

Sean thought he was “taking it easy” on the kids…until we learned that they were taking it easy on him!

Christopher...

Christopher…

Ryan...

Ryan…

Marissa (I think…)

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The Vermillion Flycatcher was keeping watch at the chapel.

The Vermillion Flycatcher was keeping watch at the chapel.

Chowing down on some amazing food!

Chowing down on some amazing food!

Joe & Mike made awesome "leftover" tacos - brisket, cheese, salad, and the fixin's.  Wow.  Just, wow.

Joe & Mike made awesome “leftover” tacos – brisket, cheese, salad, and the fixin’s. Wow. Just, wow.

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