This has been a special week for us. President Saballa is our District President. A year ago last October his home was hit with the earthquake. For over a year he has lived under this blue tarp. The new building is built on top of where his house was. When we got here it looked just like this. There is no floor and they can't do anything until the cement floor is poured. Norm has offered several times to help but President Saballa had to get the materials and he didn't have money etc. He drives a tricycle to get a little money. He is a very devoted District President and spends a great deal of time helping people etc. which means he can't drive the tricycle.
Well, finally this week he told Norm he had the cement and so Norm made arrangements with some missionaries to help him and they took on the project. My job was to take pictures and I did a good job of it. There are a lot of pictures.
There are 7 people that sleep under this tarp.
The Sisters have to have an adult with them to teach so while the men were doing cement they invited me in to be with them to teach. It was truly a humbling experience. He sat on the bed with his Book of Mormon and the rest of us sat on the floor. But as the Sisters were teaching the sweetest spirit filled my soul. They asked me to bear my testimony. I was so happy I could look him in the eye and tell him how important it was to be obedient and go to church and learn about Jesus because He loves us. I was so grateful for this experience.
I have to say that no one was happier than I was to see this wonderful project come to pass. It was the best Christmas present I could ever have. I love these dear people and I am so grateful to see them start to get back on their feet. It will still be a very slow long process but they couldn't do anything until the floor was poured. Norm was truly a huge blessing to them to see this project completed. And the missionaries were a huge blessing to Norm. He couldn't have done it without them.