Sunday, May 17, 2015

House Building

This is Jerome from Tagbilaran who is in charge of the housing project.  We were pleased to see a home with a roof on.  The project is taking a lot longer than we were told it would take.  It takes us an hour to drive to Tagbilaran and then another hour to drive to the Mandacita - with the return trip it is over 4 hours on the road.  When we get to the site we just sit in the car and wait for him at least 2-3 hours.  Makes for a lot of sitting.  Too hot to get out!  Part of the road is so bumpy you just rock from side to side.  Sometimes I think my body will be bruised.
We were parked in front of this lady's home and she invited us in.  Then she insisted on treating us.  We are very reluctant to do that but you can see the rolls and pop.  She has never married and is over 72 years old.  Her niece is standing by Norm.  The nicest people.
I asked if I could use her CR having no clue what I was asking.  She opened a door and there it was.  No seat, no paper, no walls on the one side and something else hanging on the other side.  I felt a bit uncomfortable about the whole thing but it was necessary.  No choice - better than bushes.

This is a picture of the CR from the outside. The cement did go up part way.
We were driving the truck down this narrow road and met up with a slight problem.  No one in this truck - not enough room to go by and there was at least a 6 in. drop off and it just went straight down.  We just had to wait until a man came by and moved it.
We are meeting with Elder Perez of the Seventy.  He is just newly called and lives in Cebu.  He is the one in charge of this whole building project - LDS Charities - there have been many problems over this project and he has come to try and explain what is going on.  He and Jerome just do not see eye to eye and it has really been a hard situation.

None of the people receiving the homes are LDS.  They are all very nice people.  There are 27 homes being built.

We really enjoyed being with Elder Perez.
This is a zone training meeting.  I wore that blouse purposely I want you to know :).  The sister sitting by me is Sister Fiti and she went home today.  She has the most beautiful singing voice.  These are great missionaries.  We had a wonderful meeting.
We were home teaching a brother and passed this house.  Not everyone has a calf tied inside their front yard with the wash.
This a rice machine. The rice and the hulls are being sorted out.  Didn't look too great to me.
They pour the rice in this hole and somehow it carries it up and out.

This is in our front yard.  I watched this man cut a log in two pieces.  That is what is on the bottom.  When we came home he was putting cement I think it is all over it.  Somehow he made the back and put it together.
The log in front is something like what he started with for the seat.
Norm's assignment was to organize an Aaronic Priesthood Commemoration activity for the district.  We organized a few games.  Here the boys are standing on a blanket and they are suppose to turn it over without stepping on the tile.  It was pretty fun to watch. The Elder in the middle was really good to help us. The other Elder is on the left.  We really appreciated them.
We had two groups.  They told us to plan on 40 boys and we had 10.  I think the ones that came had fun.

These were the winners.  The boy in the red shirt is one I teach piano and he is amazing.  He just graduated and will be moving to Cebu.  I will miss him  He has a lot of talent.
This was a relay game with  a book on top, coin in the eye and ball between legs following a rope.  I crocheted the rope - best we could come up with.

Hope your week was as good as ours!!  Love you all so much!!!!

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