We did many different projects around the Hope Chapel Rosarito campus. Some of our team got their hands dirty pulling weeds and doing other landscaping around the church. They did a tremendous job sprucing up the area before the big Easter weekend. Another part of our team repainted all of the gates and fences to freshen up the look.
We also were able to put some time and energy into cleaning up the new bus for the church. Due to God's provision we were able to purchase this bus for the church so that they can use it to drive kids around the neighborhood to and from church. We also get to use the bus as our source of
transportation for the time we're down here. Since the bus was a used vehicle it needed a little elbow grease, and our team put in a lot of work in a short amount of time. They washed down the interior and exterior and secured the windows.
The other major project that we've been able to undertake while we're down here is the building of a storage shed on the church's campus for food and clothing. The church is going to be able to store up reserves for families in the community that have needs. Today with the help of a local contractor we were able to put of the frame of the building including all four walls. It was awesome to see the students out there swinging hammers and making this dream come true for the church. Just a little backstory for you, last year our Jr. High team was able to pour the concrete foundation for the building, but due to economic and resource issues the church wasn't able to get the shed built. We didn't even think we would be able to help make this a reality, until just days before the trip when we discovered that God had blessed our team with a surplus in the amount needed for this project. Praise God!!! Our hope is that by the end of our trip the entire structure will be finished and ready for goods to be collected and stored.
After a full afternoon of hard work and sweat we cleaned up and got ready for the HCR Good Friday service. Our team's worship band combined with some of the HCR band and lead worship during the service, which was totally dynamic. They did an awesome job singing some songs in English and some in Spanish. Muy Bien! Our drama team also performed an inspiring skit that presented the gospel message through dramatic interpretation. And the service concluded with a brief message by Sean, who discussed how Christ showed the extent of his love through his sacrifice on the cross. It was an anointed service that concluded with communion and a memorable prayer time.
More is yet to come tomorrow, please keep us in your prayer as the adventure continues to unfold. God is doing amazing things in and through these Jr. High students.