Thanks again for all your comments. I have been reading them to the guys in the morning at Bible study and we all appreciate you taking the time to write.
Today was another good day of progress. Wall two is complete and as tomorrow is our last work day it is my hope that we can complete the last two. Due to the slope of the hill they are not quite as high as the first two. We will do all we can to make that hqappen.
We got to meet maxime’s wife svetlana today. Unfortunately we did not get to meet the kids as anastasia the 3 year old was ill with bronchitis aned pavlic the 1 year old was down for a nap. Svetlana did bring photos of them and they are beautiful children. Once the home is completed they will adopt two more. After lunch we went back to the site for the afternoon.
At the end of the day maxime came to stand beside the three of us and you could see the joy in his eyes as the vision that his home had been was before his eyes becoming a reality. They currently rent a small apartment and with wonder in his voice he looked at the walls and said “big house”. Eric responded by saying “a big family needs a big house for the children to have room to grow in”. The home will be about 1000 square feet so though not large by American standards perhaps, you could see that to him it means a very great deal.
This morning Bob led our study lfrom a book of daily devotions his mother sent along for us to use. He asked Eric to choose a number between 1 and 64 (obviously the number of devotions in this issue). Eric chose 37 at “random”. When Bob read 37 it was about doing works that serve God and was specifically for missionaries. WOW!!! Now you see why random was in quotes as there was nothing random about it at all. We discussed why we all do things in our lives and how for most of us most of the time it is done for selfish reasons. Human nature after all. However, one thing we all agreed wholeheartedly on was that even if noone ever said thanks that the opportunity to be humbled by serving God in this way would still make this trip more than worth it. With that said, ti see the look in Maxime’s eyes at the end of the day, no mere words could capture it and…none were needed.
Tonight we went into Seastopol and had dinner and toiured the harbor. Such a beautiful city and so full of life. Well, going to bed now. More tomorrow. Long post today but…what a day! God bless and dobre noche (that means good night y’all) LOL. Sean.