Texas Mission 2016 #3

It was hot in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, today.

The temperature at 5 p.m., according to our trusty Ford...

The temperature at 5 p.m., according to our trusty Ford…

This is a marked change from last year, where we all worried because we didn’t have enough warm weather clothes.  That was not a problem today, as we enjoyed the opportunity to dive deeply into the work at hand on the site selected for us by our partners.  The second day is always a great day, because we still have energy and zeal, and we know what we’re doing and why.  Today, in spite of the heat, was no exception.  In fact, we worked so hard that nobody took a lot of photos.  Here are a few images of our work.

Much of my day consisted of "augmenting" the drywall work done by the last crew. It involved a little fresh mud...

Much of my day consisted of “augmenting” the drywall work done by the last crew. It involved a little fresh mud…

...and a whole lot of sanding!

…and a whole lot of sanding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan found that he enjoyed the electrical work... you could say he got a real charge out of it.

Jonathan found that he enjoyed the electrical work… you could say he got a real charge out of it.

Bob invents a plumbing solution out of a bucket of leftovers...

Bob invents a plumbing solution out of a bucket of leftovers…

Nemorio is a constant source of encouragement and joy!

By 10 a.m. the sun was blazing!

By 10 a.m. the sun was blazing!

In fact, it was so hot that we got worried when we couldn't find Tim. Eventually, we discovered him holed up under the house. He SAID he was helping with the plumbing, but he wasn't coming out...

In fact, it was so hot that we got worried when we couldn’t find Tim. Eventually, we discovered him holed up under the house. He SAID he was helping with the plumbing, but he wasn’t coming out…

... Eventually, however, Bob Walters and Texas Bob Sherwood managed to entice him by waving a can of cold Pepsi and a "Hot Pocket" under the house.

… Eventually, however, Bob Walters and Texas Bob Sherwood managed to entice him by waving a can of cold Pepsi and a “Hot Pocket” under the house.

All in all it was a great day to be together.  I need to mention that we were, once again, spoiled in the food department.  Our friend Martha served us sloppy joes and brought not one, not two, but THREE Grapefruit pies for lunch.  I had a slice of each one just to be fair.  Tomorrow I’ll write a little more about the things that we do in the evening and the ways that this time makes the trip so meaningful to all concerned.  In the meantime, thanks for your prayers, and keep the family for whom we’re working, as well as our own families, in your prayers.

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