“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.” – Isaiah 55:2
Our team starts every morning with breakfast and amazing devotional from one of the team members. Each one has been unique and thought-provoking, and has shown us a different facet of what God wants to reveal to us over the course of this trip. This morning, one of our team leaders parsed out Isaiah 55 for us and related each verse to our trip here in El Salvador. Verse 2 is especially applicable. Often in this life, we are laboring for ends that do not glorify God, but this week, out labour is all about doing what He has called us to do.
Today was immensely satisfying as we completed the last four houses to reach our goal of sixteen homes built. We were split into three teams in the morning to complete three homes. After lunch, all twenty-two members of the team plus the local workers from Shelter Canada plus all the home owners that have been working alongside us so diligently all week joined together to build the last house in record time. It was like being inside a Spanish-speaking beehive! The woman for whom we built this house moved to this outlying community from the city of San Vicente because the gangs were threatening her and her children by shooting at their home. For her, this home means security and protection, especially for her teenage daughter. After this house was built, we heard this woman’s story of heartbreak and healing. God has brought her through some almost unbearable trials, and His joy radiates from her. We then packed up all our tools and equipment and headed out.
After supper, we packed baskets full of household goods and food staples to be presented to the brand-new homeowners tomorrow morning at a ceremony where we will turn over the keys to the home. We also were so honoured to hear the testimony of one of our translators. God literally saved him from a drug overdose and is now using him in a powerful way to translate for the Shelter Canada teams but also encourage others going through difficult times.