In May we hosted our first summer group, combining students from North Central University and the Nossers (family of our volunteer Josiah). We had a blast with this team and accomplished a lot! They worked on various painting projects, filled in dirt around our well, updated our chicken coop, and did special projects and classes with all the kids. For some, the trip highlight was a massive water balloon fight with the kids!
Next up in June, our second group of the year came from Destiny Church in Alabama. One of their main projects while here was helping with a house addition for a growing missionary family down the road. Since this group tends to excel at painting, we saved them various painting projects: the Furrow’s front porch, a volunteer apartment, and a (beautiful) mural in the Library. They also added wooden trim around the windows in many of our homes, among other projects. We really enjoyed this team! We were blessed by their work and meaningful friendships.
For July we hosted a group from Cloverhill Church in Virginia. This was their leader Rachel’s 7th annual trip here! They helped dig the foundation for a new car port, extended our fence along the road, organized our office and school supplies, and visited local schools with donations of medical and school supplies and food staples for school lunches. One highlight from this week was taking all the kids to the river near Rio Viejo, where they swam, collected special rocks, and found several freshwater prawns. This group was very productive and fun to host!
Thank you for everyone who came or helped to make these trips possible! We always get such a boost in our construction projects through groups and we really enjoy the friendships we’ve built with these special people throughout the years.