2018 Team

2018 Team
2018 Team in the original church built for Suyapa

Friday, March 3, 2017

Houses Appear before Our Eyes

Day 2, house building day. After a breakfast of eggs, beans, and fruit, the team hit the ground running. Every team member carried the wood needed for houses 3 and 4 and put it into the back of the military truck. Those who were not loading wood, began cutting the boards that will be used for the bunk beds. As soon as the house wood was loaded, teams 3 and 4 climbed into the truck and headed for their work sites. Then the team members unloaded their wood while the team leaders began measuring. Everything is running quite efficiently! Team 4 unloaded their wood next and also went immediately to work.

The military truck returned to the compound and the whole thing was repeated for teams 1 and 2. These teams unloaded their wood and also went to work immediately. You see, they are competing against each other to see whose house can be built the fastest, the most efficiently, and with perfection. They will also be given a chance to “special up” their house on Monday as they compete for the house that would most resemble what Paul would build.

Some team leaders were given handicaps based on what Bruce expects their house building speed and capacity to be. They are using stopwatches as timers, had to be sworn in to be sure they only told the truth and nothing but the truth. No cheating is allowed. Every timer had to speak the oath aloud and sign the oath, as did the witness. It is adding a little bit of fun to the work, which everyone says would be totally typical Paul. After the stories I heard about Paul last night, I understand what they mean.

In the photos below you’ll see the loading and unloading of the house wood. You can also see others in the background cutting bunk bed wood. Below that are the pictures of the wood being loaded at the various house sites. Finally, two hours after we dropped the house 3 and 4 team members at their site, we returned to check their progress. You’ll notice by the final photos that they are people on a MISSION. It will be interesting to hear of their progress at noon because I am sure they are going to be one-upping each other throughout the meal! I will give you the days’ progress later tonight.


  1. I love being able to see the progress through pictures! Keep up the good work everyone!

  2. Looking good Hope all is well Paige says she hopes Levi's dad wins!